SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, April 11 (PIA) — Public officials marked “Araw ng Kagitingan” last Tuesday recalling the sacrifices of veteran soldiers who fought to liberate the country from the Japanese troops during World War II.
Grace M. Labarinto, Officer-in-Charge of the Philippine Veterans in La Union, said that the veterans laid down the foundations of the country’s democracy because they stood up to become catalysts of change in the prime of their youth.
“Their love of country still shines brightly 71 years after the Second World War,” Labarinto said.
Locals marked the soldiers’ gallantry on Tuesday in simple rites at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in San Fernando City.
Labarinto said this year’s theme, “Ang Beterano: Sigla at Inspirasyon ng Kabataan Tungo sa Tuwid na Daan,” highlights the role of the veterans as perpetual source of inspiration and strength and as rightful role models in the society.
“This is what we should live up to as we tread along the Tuwid na Daan towards genuine change for the development of our nation,” she added.
Vice-Governor Aureo Augusto Nisce also commended the La Union veterans for their bravery and courage in serving the country.
“We owe our lives to you. We are not only here to commemorate (your day) but give you honor for the bravery that you displayed and rendered to the nation,” Nisce said.
Labarinto noted that love of country will compel a citizen to work within the virtues of transparency, accountability, and integrity.
She said that a person who loves his country will go beyond his day-to-day duties and responsibilities just so he could serve his fellow citizen with compassion and genuine concern.
“Kung may pagmamahal sa bayan, magiging madali sa atin ang pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan(If we have love of country, it will be easier for us to track the righteous path),” she further said.(MCA/MHH PIA1 La Union)#