The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) joined the entire Filipino nation to Stop and Salute the Philippine National Flag through a Nationwide Simultaneous Flag Raising Ceremony via Zoom Meet and live broadcast at PVAO Facebook Page on 28 May 2021, as part of the celebration of the 2021 National Flag Days.
The event was led by the Salute to a Clean Flag movement in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) which aims to spark renewed respect and love for country and the Philippine National flag. Different government offices joined the campaign by properly displaying clean flags in all their offices and premises and conducting a flag ceremony on the same day.
Through his recorded message, PVAO Administrator USec Ernesto G. Carolina urged everyone to remember our veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order for us to be able to raise our flag freely and proudly. He also expressed hope that the display of the Philippine Flag across the nation would remind everyone to momentarily set aside their differences, especially in this present time of adversity brought by the global health crisis.
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 179, the nation celebrates May 28 until June 12 as the National Flag Days, commemorating the day the country’s flag was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated the Spanish forces in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite, 1898. The national flag was yet to be formally announced on the day of that battle, but it was officially presented to the people on 12 June of the same year.