American and Filipino war veterans were honored on Friday at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City (Metro Manila).
War veterans of both nations participated in the event, which was led by United States Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski and Eduardo del Rosario, Philippine Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Retiree Affairs.
Klecheski and del Rosario recognized the united stand of Filipino and American soldiers against war.
“Our soldiers have worked, fought and died together,” Klecheski said.
“The soldiers of our two countries have served at war, peace time and during disasters,” he added.
Del Rosario said, “May the sacrifices of our heroes be passed on to the next generation that is peaceful, humane and developed.”
The US Embassy in Manila and its affiliated offices were closed to the public on Veterans Day, an American holiday.
Regular services will resume on Monday.
Veterans Day is being celebrated every year in the US on November 11, the day that major hostilities of World War I formally ended with the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO