To commemorate this year’s National Heroes Day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) held basic commemorative rites at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig on Monday.
The purpose of the event was to pay tribute to the Filipino heroes of World War II and their contributions to the country’s independence.
The ceremony, which was highlighted by the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the launching of the exhibit ‘Mga Bayani ng Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig,’ was presided over by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Major General Henry Doyaoen, the AFP Internal Auditor, served as his military host.
Rene Escalante, Chairman of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano, and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Undersecretary Ernesto Carolina were also present.
In a video message, President Rodrigo Duterte paid tribute to the country’s forefathers who battled for its independence, as well as modern-day warriors fighting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
“I join the entire Filipino nation in celebrating National Heroes’ Day. With pride and joy, we honor the noble sacrifices of our ancestors who fought to celebrate our country and establish the thriving democracy that we are today,” President Duterte said.