By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — As he honored the 78th Leyte Gulf Landings in Palo, Leyte, President Ferdinand R. Marcos on Thursday paid tribute to the nation’s war veterans and vowed to look out for their welfare.
Marcos witnessed the simultaneous raising of the flags of the Philippines, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States and lay a wreath at the MacArthur Shrine.
Marcos urged Filipinos to remember the bravery and heroism displayed by war veterans and allied soldiers who gave their lives to secure peace and freedom in the nation during his remarks following the ceremony.
“They who have fought and died in and for this land will have their names forever etched in the pages of history,” he said.
He emphasized that the government will always continue to look after the welfare of the war veterans.
“For as we commemorate on this hallowed ground sanctified by the blood, the life, and the sacrifices of our brave veterans, we cannot allow our memories to lapse. We must always remember that this was the best of Filipinos,” he said.
“We can never truly repay the price they paid for their gifts of peace and freedom, but we can honor their heroism and their memory by continuing the great work that they had begun,” he added. (ai/mtvn)