In commemoration of the bravery and heroism of the World War II Veterans, Gov. Abet led yesterday, February 12 the unveiling of a plaque donated by the Bataan Legacy Historical Society in collaboration with Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac.
Mr. Jerry Acuzar, owner of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar graciously welcomed guests from Civil Veterans and Retiree Affairs, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE).
In his message, Gov. Abet emphasized that as Bataan continues to pursue economic growth, the provincial government is doing its best to preserve the province’s rich history to remind everyone of the sacrifices of the veterans particularly those who fought at the last main line of resistance during the Battle of Bataan, and in so doing, the next generation would value the freedom that we have.
Guest speaker, Undersecretary for Civil Affairs and Retiree Office, Honorable Reynaldo Mapagu, said that the bravery and valor of USAFFE veterans will never be diminished neither will be forgotten. The unveiling of the plaque coincides with the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Meanwhile, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Commander, Colonel Kevin Capra shared that in the United States, each year thousands of Filipinos and Americans gather to remember, honor, and hear stories from the remaining survivors of WWII. He encouraged everyone to share their stories so that people will not forget about them.