President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. honored the Filipino veterans as he addressed the nation during the observance of the National Heroes Day or Araw ng mga Bayani at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig on 29 August 2022.
In his speech, Pres. Marcos honored the heroes from the different sectors of society who have demonstrated courage, care, and love for the country. Among the heroes who were given recognition were the Filipino veterans who fought for the country’s freedom and national security.
“Sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, inaalala rin natin ang kabayanihan ng mga beteranong nakipaglaban noong panahon ng digmaan. Makakaasa kayo na ang pamahalaang ito ay mananatiling aktibo sa pagsusulong ng mga programang tutugon sa inyong mga pangangailan, lalo na para sa [inyong] mga rekesitong pangkalusugan,” President Marcos said.
President Marcos also conveyed that through the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), hospitals will be established in Visayas and Mindanao to better cater to the veterans living in the said regions.
Meanwhile, in his message shared to the public, PVAO Administrator USec. Reynaldo B. Mapagu remembered the bravery and sacrifices of Filipino heroes who laid down their lives and helped shape our nation during the bloody revolution against the Spanish Colonial rule, the brutal Philippine-American War, and the destructive Second World War.
He also honored the Filipino War Veterans including the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea who fought on foreign soil and the Philippine Civic Action Group who supported the civil and medical operations during the Vietnam War, and the brave men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“May we all be emboldened by our heroes’ dauntless determination and unending love for country as we take up the mantle and keep our duty of helping our nation grow and prosper,” USec Mapagu stated.
National Heroes’ Day (Araw ng mga Bayani) is a national public holiday in the Philippines observed every last Monday in August to mark the anniversary of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the beginning of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonial rule by the Katipunan led by Andrés Bonifacio in 1896.