True Heroes – Our war Veterans

Last Sunday I was at the American Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremonies hosted by the American Embassy. I had the great fortune of meeting real heroes – our few surviving war veterans. I was fortunate to have a picture taken with one of them and I’ll upload it soon so you can see what a genuine hero looks like.

The American Cemetery is located in the heart of for Fort Bonifacio and it is a true oasis in the urban jungle of Manila. According to Ambassador Kenney, the premises is the biggest war memorial and cemetery of its kind, even bigger than the one in Normandy. I have started making arrangements to bring our students at PLM there, not only so they can enjoy the physical beauty of the place – because it is truly beautiful – but also so that they can connect with our nation’s courageous past and to instill a sense of pride and patriotism. To remember that once upon a time, Filipinos stood up against tyrants and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. To remind that real freedom is never without cost and, for us who are the succeeding generations of these war heroes, that our freedom was purchased by their blood and heroism.

3 Comments

  1. jr zulueta said,

    May 31, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Isang mapagpalayang pagbati sa taga pagmana ng kanyang ama maka masang senador na si senator tamano na tagapagtangol ng mga maralitang pilipino, natulad ng iyong ama na matulungin at prayoridad ang edukasyon at may paninindigan. Isang simple at magaling na taga pag salita ng oposisyon. Isang simpleng mabuting taga pamuno sa mga estudyante at masang pilipino na mahal ang mga maralitang pilipino at kabataan. Kaya hangad namin na ipagpapatuloy mo ang laban ng iyong ama at taga pagtanggol ng kabataan at maralitang pilipino.. Yes for Tamano for 2010 senator…. Mabuhay ang oposisyon… Godbls…..

  2. Ferrum Mann said,

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I hope all the schools follow your lead. Independence Day is near, again, another day in a year that reminds us how our brave forefathers laid their lives for our freedom, yet all throughout the other 364 days, we cowardly submit to apathy and let this tyrant ruin our country, its values, its institutions, and its people’s spirit.

    It’s about time we harness the youth’s energy, idealism and creativity by inculcating true pro-active nationalism as co-equal stakeholders and not merely passive beneficiaries nor unwilling victims in our search for national identity and long-lasting freedom in its pure, true essence.

    The youth, including the not-so-young, look upon the “Young Turks” as icons that represent truth, justice, equality, and hope. Please do not fail them.

    More power.

  3. wehavenoname said,

    June 2, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Ferrum Mann,

    I am seriously inviting you to take a look at what we are doing to the Pinaglabanan Shrine, the symbol of our struggle for freedom.

    JV


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