Thank you very to the PSHS members and supporters in Manila for kicking off the worldwide Spirit of '45 commemoration events at the Manila American Cemetery - observing the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2. Salutes.
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At 3:30 in the afternoon, on Sunday, August 16, The Philippine Scouts Heritage Society fort Mc Kinley Chapter held a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War.
Reenactors dressed in uniforms of the US Army Philippine Souts and Philippine Army of world War 2 served as an honor guard and wreath escort for wreaths donated by the Battlin’ Bastards of Bataan, The American Chamber of Commerce, The American Battle Monuments Commission and The Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. Mr. Roy Espiritu played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes as the wreaths were laid at the foot of the monument.
The event began with the playing of the Philippine and American National Anthems from the Carillon of the Manila American Cemetery which hosted the event. A short invocation was read by PSHS member Mr. Mario Gregorio Aglipay.
This was followed by A welcome speech from PSHS Mc Kinley chapter president Mr. Jojo Dy wearing a Commonwealth Class A uniform.Speeches followed from Ms.
Jessica Gathercole of the United States Embassy Veterans Affairs Office, Professor Rico Jose of the University of the Philippines, the nation’s foremost World War 2 historian.
The VFW was represented by Mr. Carl Berk and party, while the POW/MIA group from Bataan was also present led by Mr. Robert Hudson.
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office was represented by General Resty Aguilar.
The PSHS would like to thank all who contributed to the event with their presence and their assistance and would like to make special mention of Superintendent Larry Adkisson and Assistant Superintendent Hubert Caloud without whose assistance the ceremony could not have taken place.
The keynote speaker was former Senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr. who delivered an eloquent talk on the cost of war and the lessons we learn from it.
The speech was followed by a rousing applause from the audience for Philippine Scout WW2 veteran Colonel Jaime Guerrero of the 88th field Artillery (PS) who served as a forward observer at the battle of Bataan. The crowd gathered around him as he reminisced on his experiences during the battle.
Also in attendance were Leslie Murray representing F.A.M.E. who was instrumental in getting the word out on the commemoration. F.A.M.E. contributed a wreath and assisted with sourcing the piper for the commemoration.
Photos by Edwin Pao, Bong Manayon, and Albert Labrador