Capas Freedom March in April to honor fallen war veterans


    This April, thousands of people will gather once more in Capas, Tarlac to commemorate an important part of Philippine history. Filipino and American soldiers from various military groups and civilians from national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, academe, service organizations and corporations will march, united as one in remembering the sacrifice of the Death March heroes.

    This year, with the theme “March for a Veteran,” the event will be more meaningful, engaging and memorable by having each participant march to honor a veteran of his or her choice. During the event, the participants will be asked to carry a placard that says “In Memory of (name of adopted veteran)” while they march. The theme this year, March for a Veteran, is made more significant because the greatest casualty of any war is to have one’s service be forgotten.

    The Capas Freedom March of 2016, a joint project of the Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Department of Tourism, Province of Tarlac, Municipality of Capas and AAP Travel, is envisioned to commemorate a historical event with the aim of promoting peace and freedom.

    Together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legions, and the Sons and Daughters of Bataan, the Women Auxiliary Group, the project organizers encourage everyone to join the second annual Capas Freedom March on April 11, 2016, Monday, which starts at the Bataan Death Memorial Shrine, Capas, Tarlac and ends at the Capas Monument Shrine on the same day.

    The Capas Freedom March is now officially part of the DND’s week-long celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan. Lieutenant General Ernesto Carolina, administrator of PVAO, said, “This event mainly aims to make an impact upon the youth that the price of freedom that we all now enjoy is partly the result of the long, arduous ordeal which our Bataan Death Marchers endured. In the process, the value of nationalism will be instilled in the younger generation and generations to come.”

    The Capas Freedom March will raise funds under the campaign “March for a Veteran” for the production of a miniature diorama of the Capas Concentration Camp that will be the highlight inside the museum of the Capas Memorial Shrine.

    The registration fees are as follows: public school rate P100; private school rate P150; senior citizens rate P200; individual rate P300; corporate group with a minimum of 20 persons P250 each and the foreign delegate rate is $120. Included in the registration fee are military dogtag and bib.

    Assembly time on April 11 at the Bataan Death Memorial Shrine in Tarlac starts at 3 am, registration ends at 4:45 am and Gun Start is at 5 am. Participants will be entitled to join ancillary activities such as a film showing and historical seminar.

    For more information and sponsorship opportunities at the 2016 Capas Freedom March, email info@capasfreedommarch.com or call AAP Travel at (02) 551-0014, 0905-487-6855 or 0928-507-4288 and ask for Michael Quitorio.


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