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World War II Veteran Private Ricardo B. Madayag of the “C” Company, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry of the United States Army Forces in the Philippines, Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL), represented the World War II Veterans in the Stop and Salute Flag Raising Ceremony held on 11 April 2022 at the Rizal Monument, Rizal Park, Manila City. He was also honored during the ceremony and was presented a Philippine Flag by National Historical Commission of the Philippines OIC Deputy for Administration, Ms. Rose Sapitan.

The event commenced with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem led by the Rizal Technological University (RTU) Himig Rizalia, together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Philippine Marine Corps. It was followed by the recital of the “Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat ng Pilipinas,” led by Mr. Greg Aglipay of the Philippine Living History Society, and the “Pagpupugay: Salute to a Clean Flag Manifesto,” read by Ms. Liz Franco of the Salute A Clean Flag (STACF). National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Cecille Lorenzana Romero and STACF President Monique Pronove each gave a message honoring the valiant and heroic deeds of the Filipino World War II Veterans.

Veteran Pvt. Ricardo Madayag also addressed the crowd during the ceremony and shared his recollections of the war. He also expressed his hopes for the nation, inspiring everyone to take action for the country’s betterment.

Representatives from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, Intramuros Administration, National Museum of the Philippines, National Library of the Philippines, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, PNP Manila Police District, Metro Manila Development Authority and Brixton Hills Volunteer Fire Prevention Unit– Manila Chapter also joined the flag raising event.

The Stop and Salute Flag Raising Ceremony is conducted every first Monday of the month to make the Philippine Flag relevant to modern day Filipinos. Filipino Heroes who have shown excellence in their fields and have helped in reviving Philippine pride are also honored in the ceremony. The theme for the month of April is Veteran’s Month in line with the commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9 and the Philippine Veterans Week from April 5 to 11 of each year.