Ambassador Kenny addresses veterans By Alice Nicart
Manila (8 April) -- United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Kristie Kenny spoke with her heart yesterday before a host of veterans and their sons and daughters on the occasion of the 67th Bataan Day Celebration at Mt. Samat, Bataan.
Seeing the elderly who sat prominently in the audience yet wearily, Kenny's word directly spoke about their sacrifices which according to her were a lot of inspiration.
For a start Kenny greeted the old folks (some have fallen asleep in their chairs), in Tagalog with rather a foreign twang, yet to those who heard her say, was a demonstration of great friendship.
"Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat, magandang umaga mga beterano," was her well-applauded warm greetings to all who gathered for the Bataan Day.
Kenny admitted that she was humbled by the many Filipinos who stood for the Philippines and for other peace-loving nations. But perhaps she said, many did not know that their service will represent the face of freedom around the world.
"Perhaps you did not know then, that you stood up for the future," was continued guess.
She even presumed that many Filipinos did so, not because of the many geo-physical issues at that time but because they knew the country needed them.
"Perhaps you did not know that your sacrifices will inspire generations later or perhaps, you did not know that many of you will not survive. These things we know today," she said, because then, you knew that your family, your neighbors and friends needed you.. their future needed you to be strong.
Kenny emphasized that the celebration honored not only those who survived but also who didn't; the many civilians who helped out those who were weak; those who were failing.
The lady top ranking officer reminded her audience that the celebration of the Bataan Day fell on the Holy Week which is an important week, when we all recognize new beginnings born of sacrifice when we recognize triumph over despair and light over dark.
In acknowledging the efforts of the veterans, Kenny said that as their courage and heroism were being celebrated, it was also a celebration of the light and freedom the veterans have given them. The joy of inspiration, that we still feel today whenever we hear from them, see them, or read what they have done, and most of all, "we celebrate the new beginnings, a new era, a better friendship of peace-loving countries who now work together inspired by the services of the veterans", the lady concluded. (PIA-Eastern Samar)
Post by insurrectomad on Apr 10, 2009 22:46:43 GMT -5
Thanks for posting that because i got to the Mt. Samit 1hr later due to my driver (bro. Fer.) arriving late at my hse. I've e-mailed Victor my observations in length, after walking all over the Shrine, museum & Cross. In brief there is a lot of restoration And repair work to be done and soon! Many improvements are also required I feel. Now would be a good time to ask for some assistance from the USA & Japan. What is wanted amounts to peanuts in terms of money to these countries, but to await the Fil. Authorities finding a budget in time is far too risky! Insurrectomad