PALO, Leyte (PIA) -- President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. on Thursday paid homage to the World War II veterans as he assured them to continue to look after their welfare.
In his message during the commemoration of the 78th Leyte Gulf Landings on October 20 at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo Leyte, Marcos emphasized that the veterans who have fought and died for our country will forever be engraved in our history.
“They who have fought and died in and for this land will have their names forever etched in the pages of history. We express our most profound gratitude for the sacrifices that they have made in reclaiming our freedom and for ushering in a new age of peace for our people and for the world,” Marcos said.
Marcos also said that the government will always continue to look after the welfare of the war veterans.
"For as we commemorate on this hallowed ground, sanctified by the blood, the life, and the sacrifices of our brave veterans, we cannot allow our memories to lapse. We must always remember that this was the best of Filipinos. We can never truly repay the price they paid for their gifts of peace and freedom. But we can honor their heroism and their memory by continuing the great work that they had begun," Marcos added.
As he recognized the efforts of the Provincial Government of Leyte through Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla for organizing such historic event, he assured everyone that his administration will always advocate for peace and unity by strengthening peace-building efforts especially in conflict-affected areas and enhancing relations with neighbors towards ensuring security, addressing global issues, climate change, facilitating post-pandemic growth and all the existential challenges that the country faces.
The president also reminded the lessons taught by the World War II 78 years ago as he asked everyone’s cooperation to work together in order to ensure that peace will last for generations to come.
This year's commemoration of the Leyte Gulf Landings, which carries the theme “Peace Eternal: Lesson Learned from the Vestiges of World War II,” is the first in-person commemoration since the COVID-19 pandemic begun.
As of October 20, 2022, there are only 30 surviving World War II veterans in Eastern Visayas. (MMP/CBA/PIA-8)