Featured among the floats were Japanese warplanes bombing Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941, First Line of Defense in Layac, Dinalupihan that marked the first battle on the soil of Bataan between Filipino-American soldiers and the Japanese invaders in January, 1942.
The Hacienda Line in Abucay town followed, where a team of the Unites States Armed Forces in the Far East under Gen. Vicente Lim fought it out against the enemy and ended victorious.
The Pambusco bus that served as temporary hospital where doctors and nurses attended to sick and wounded defenders and the Death March float came next.
Floats with themes on Reunion for Peace, programs on education, industrialization and tourism followed.
Two Aeta children dancing aboard a float indicated that Bataan gives precedence to the welfare of cultural minorities.
“We are once again commemorating the bravery and patriotism of Filipino and American soldiers and the civilians who fought side by side against all odds in defence of freedom,” Gov. Albert Raymond Garcia said.
“We will not be here if not for our World War II veterans,” the governor added giving tribute to some uniformed old men and women among the crowd.
Some officials of the U.S. Embassy attended the program in a make-shift stage in front of the Bataan capitol.
Some events before, during and after the war were dramatized starting when Bataenos were happily celebrating a town fiesta before the Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941.
In the street play of the Death March, it portrayed that the women of Bataan did not mind risking their lives to help the prisoners of war.