The Philippine Army (PA) on Saturday said around 50,000 people visited the “Libingan Ng Mga Bayani” (LNMB) for the All Saints’ Day.
Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, Army spokesperson, said that no untoward incidents took place at the LNMB.
He added that as early as Oct. 1, the Grave Services Unit started the general preparations for the observance of this significant occasion to ensure that those who will visit are comfortable and safe.
A public assistance/information center has been set up to assist relatives and families in locating the grave of their departed loved ones.
Security measures were also strictly observed and implemented to ensure the safety and protection of the visitors.
Cabangbang said the PA also deployed explosive ordnance disposal teams and ambu-medic teams for security and medical support.
The successful observation of “Undas” at the LNMB was made possible through the concerted efforts of the three major services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, and other stakeholders.
The LNMB serves as tribute and resting place not just for the Filipino soldiers, but also for citizens who are considered heroes and martyrs.
It is a home to deceased presidents, dignitaries, national Artists, scientists, Boy Scouts, and AFP chiefs of staff.
Among those interred are two past presidents including Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.
There are 22 dignitaries, 41 national artists/scientists/Boy Scouts, 16 AFP chiefs of staff, and 224 generals buried in its hallowed grounds, and also thousands of soldiers who perished in the 2nd World War and the Korean War.
Up to this day, the LNMB is the preferred burial place for the present day combat heroes. It is also the burial site for the seven Medal for Valor awardees, and many other soldiers who died while battling against insurgents all over the country.
The latest combat hero interred here was 1st Lt. Francis G. Damian, who died while fighting MNLF rebels in Zamboanga City.
Currently, 48,310 are interred at the LNMB. PNA