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Day of Valor in LA

Ambassador Willy Gaa, in white barong, led the wreath-laying for unknown soldiers in last year's commemoration of Bataan Day

SIXTY-SEVEN years ago on April 9, the combined Filipino-American forces defending Bataan – weak and emaciated by lack of food, no medicine for the many sick with malaria, their antiquated rifles almost running out of ammo, and nothing to respond for the days of continuous aerial bombardment and artillery barrages – were surrendered by Major General Edward P. King to the enemy. It set into motion the infamous "Death March" that resulted in the death of thousands caused by hunger, disease, and the atrocities of their Japanese captors. Additional deaths in the tens of thousands came about during subsequent imprisonments.

It is to honor the heroism of those World War II defenders and to perpetuate that fateful episode in history that the Filipino Veterans Foundation has made the yearly commitment of having a Bataan Day commemoration, otherwise known as the Day of Valor. As it was last year, the April 9, 2009 event will be held at the Lake Street Park Monument in Filipinotown (227 Lake Street Los Angeles, CA 90026), Los Angeles.


Opening Ceremonies

Invocation will be led by Col. Butch Moreto of Cyberspace Prayer Warriors

Keynote Speaker is Col. Joseph Smith, director of the Military and Veterans Affairs of L.A. County, a strong advocate for our veterans' cause and principal supporter of FVF from the start.

he Philippine Consulate will be represented by Vice Consul Daniel Espiritu

A special guest from Tacoma, Washington, is Ret. BG Oscar Hilman. His grandfather was a Bataan defender.

Col. Romy Monteyro from Phoenix will pay tribute to the fallen and unsung heroes of Bataan.

Pete Feliciano from Colorado and other guests will speak at the reception

Emcee is Col. Ralph Ramirez, another strong supporter of our veterans

Reception follows immediately after the Program

RSVP: Call Vangie at 310-835-8365 or 310-344-4221

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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