Memorial Day rites set

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The US Embassy’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Fort Bonifacio on Sunday, May 24, at 8 a.m.

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This year’s remembrance is unique as it overlaps part of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

This year’s speakers include senior representatives from the US Embassy, the Philippine government and the 3rd Marine Division.

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who were killed while serving in the US Armed Forces.

Originally named Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the American Civil War and was named Memorial Day by federal law in 1971.

Philippine government officials, representatives from the diplomatic and consular corps and members of the American and Filipino veterans’ communities will participate in the program of remembrance, honoring those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom and democracy.

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