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Ilonggo vets join 'Araw ng Kagitingan' observance

ILOILO CITY, April 10 – Ilonggo World War II veterans joined the nationwide observance of "Araw ng Kagitingan" (Day of Valor) on Saturday.

The 6th Military District World War II Veterans Federation of the Philippines under its president, Cesar Capellan, led an early morning flag-raising ceremony and wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Balantang Memorial Cemetery and National Shrine in Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro, Iloilo City.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog were the speakers and guests during the program.

Capella said the father of Gov. Defensor, the late Santiago Defensor, was posthumously honored during the ceremony. The elder Defensor was a public school teacher and also a World War II veteran.

The veterans' federation also awarded certificates to the living veterans under the 6th Military District in the region.

A living veteran, 92-year-old retired Capt. Jerome Juares, said it is of "great importance to remember the brave feat of Filipino soldiers during this memorable day and to inculcate in the minds of today’s young generation the heroism and patriotism of our forefathers during the World War II." (PNA)

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