During the Marawi Siege’s 4th-year anniversary in Marawi City on Saturday, October 16, 2021, the Philippine Army joined the government and the Filipino people in honouring the fallen heroes.
“As we remember the liberation, we also commemorate our fallen and living heroes who have selflessly served to restore the peace in the city,” Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Andres C. Centino said during the program dubbed “KAPANANDEM: Remembering the Liberation of Marawi.”
A wreath-laying ceremony was held in commemoration of the government forces who perished defending Marawi City, with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the national government, and Marawi City key officials in attendance.
The Marawi Siege, which lasted from May to October 2017, was the Philippine Army’s most major and longest urban warfare operations. To free the city from the terrorists, 165 government forces were killed. Thousands of people were displaced as a result of the violent war.
Following the siege, the Philippine Army was instrumental in reconstructing the city.
“By remembering the liberation of Marawi every year, we hope to preserve the peace and sustain the development that we have worked so hard to achieve not just for the people of today but also for future generations of Filipinos,” said Lt. Gen. Centino.
“Let those who have fallen in these grounds and those who survived to be our constant inspiration to persevere as we pursue our aspirations of peace and progress not only in this region but for the entire country as well,” he added.