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81st Araw ng Kagitingan and 2023 Philippine Veterans Week aim to honor Filipino veterans

QUEZON CITY— The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), with its partners, urged to honor Filipino veterans in this year’s commemoration of the 81st Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) and the 2023 Philippine Veterans Week (PVW) from 5-12 April 2023.

This year’s theme, “Kagitingan ng mga Beterano, Pundasyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino,” aims to remember the veterans whose courage and sacrifices became the very foundation of the country’s freedom. Their stories of heroism and of working together reminded every Filipino of the value of solidarity and unity in nation-building.

The observance of the Philippine Veterans Week will commence on 5 April 2023 with the Sunrise Ceremony at 6:00 am, and the Wreath-laying Ceremony at 7:00 am at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City. It will be followed by the Review in Honor of the Veterans at 9:00 am at the Hunters ROTC Guerilla Field, Philippine Army Headquarters, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Meanwhile, the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan will be moved to 10 April 2023 in accordance with Proclamation No. 90, s. 2022, signed by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. The commemoration will start at 8:00 am at the Mt. Samat National Shrine, Pilar, Bataan where the Dambana ng Kagitingan or Shrine of Valor proudly stands.

The Tribute to all Filipino Heroes, which was traditionally held at the Corregidor, will be observed along with the Paggunita sa Capas on 11 April 2023 at 8:00 am at the Capas National Shrine, Capas, Tarlac.

The Philippine Veterans Week will be capped off with the Sunset Ceremony on 12 April 2023, at 5:00 pm at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The Veterans Community will gather amidst the setting sun to share stories about the veterans and recite a Pledge of Patriotism.

In addition to these commemorative events, the Ride for Valor, a motorcycle/big bike riders’ tour event traversing the route of the Bataan Death March, will be held on 9 April 2023.

The Philippine Veterans Bank’s Traveling Exhibit, “War of our Fathers,” will also be open from 3-18 April 2023 at The Bunker in Balanga City, Bataan, and an Awarding Ceremony of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal will be held on April 12, 2023, in Capas, Tarlac to recognize the Filipino World War II Veterans residing in Region 3.

The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with PVAO, the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP), and the VFP-Sons and Daughters Association, Inc. will also conduct several national competitions for students nationwide including a Poster Making Contest, an Essay Writing Contest, a Songwriting Contest and an Oratorical Contest in April 2023.

In accordance with Proclamation No. 466, s. 1989, the country celebrates Philippine Veterans Week from April 5 to 11 of every year to promote, preserve, and memorialize the principles, ideas, and deeds of the war veterans as a means to enhance patriotism and love of country, especially among the youth of the land. Meanwhile, April 9 of every year is designated by Executive Order No. 203, s. 1987 as Araw ng Kagitingan. (JLB/PIA-PMD)

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