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10/04/2017: DC COMMUNITY COMMEMORATES ARAW NG KAGITINGAN, CELEBRATES WWII VETERANS

PRESS RELEASE
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10 April 2017

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires, ad interim, Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto led the wreath laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial to commemorate the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan in the afternoon of 07 April 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “It is our hope that we all look into this early spring ritual as more than the solemn ceremony that we had at the World War II Memorial earlier this afternoon, and certainly more than the speeches that you will hear in this hall tonight. Let it be a constant reminder that we cannot and should not squander the sacrifice of those who gave their lives and of themselves for the cause of freedom.”

Thus were the words of welcome from Minister Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga, Philippine Embassy’s Economic Minister, at a reception held in commemoration of the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) at the Romulo Hall of the Embassy in the evening of 07 April 2017.

The reception was graced by three Filipino WWII Veterans, namely, Mr. Potenciano Dee, Mr. Ray Cabacar, and Mr. Rodolfo Panaglima, all accompanied by their families.

“This Day of Valor is a time to behold those whose lives we can never repay in debt, but who we can honor in steadfast testimony for having loved their countrymen enough to be ready to give their lives for them,” Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto said in his remarks.

“We are again called to rightfully honor our veteran soldiers so that they may continue to be held in the highest esteem. I am happy to note that the newly enacted Congressional Medal Act for the Filipino World War II veterans is one valuable measure that will help enshrine their contributions for generations to come,” Minister Chuasoto further added.

Members of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetRep) led by Mr. Sonny Busa also presented a signed copy of the Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 to Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, in appreciation of the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Consulates General’s long and enduring support to the WWII Filipino veterans that eventually led to the signing of the bill into law on 14 December 2016.

The Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 will award a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions in the United States, collectively, to 260,000 Filipino veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

FilVetRep also presented the highlights of the recollections during the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March held at the US Army Missile Range White Sands in New Mexico on 19 March 2017.

Prior to the reception, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the World War II Memorial, led by Minister Chuasoto and Minister Chan-Gonzaga, along with the WWII Veterans, Philippine Embassy personnel, and Fil-Am Community of Metro DC. ###

PHOTO RELEASE
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10 April 2017

Filipino World War II Veterans, Mr. Potenciano Dee, Mr. Ray Cabacar, and Mr. Rodolfo Panaglima graced the reception held at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan on 07 April 2017.

PHOTO RELEASE
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10 April 2017

Mr. Sonny Busa of FilVetRep (2nd from left) presents a copy of the signed Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 to Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto (3rd from right) on 07 April 2017.