Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Day of Valour

FILE – Philippine President Benigno Aquino (L center) salutes next to Japanese ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa (2nd L) and US ambassador Philip Goldberg (L) during the ng Kagitingan (day of valor) memorial ceremony to remember fallen heroes of the Second World War at Mt. Samat in Pilar town, Bataan province, north of Manila on April 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO /TED ALJIBE)

Saturday was a Philippine holiday, the Day of Valour to commemorate the Bataan Death March.

most of those who died were Filipinos who were defending their land from the Japanese invasion.

more on the Philippine scouts here.

the only place I saw this remembered in the USA was (ironically) in New Mexico, whose National Guard (which included men of many races and cultures) was tasked there  to bolster defence. Every year, there is a memorial run in Alamogordo.

Our mission Church in New Mexico had a memorial in the back for various tribal heroes, including Victorio, Geronimo, and those who served in Bataan: Including the founding priest from the mission and also several local Apaches who served there in the NG.

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