2017 Philippine Veterans Week

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (TUS) at the Libingan Ng mga Bayani (LNMB) will be site to the Sunrise Ceremony on 5 April 2017, 6:00AM. The 2017 Philippine Veterans Week shall ceremoniously start with the Sunrise Ceremony. Every year, this gathering pays homage to fallen soldiers and patriots with flowers offered before the TUS. Surviving brothers-at-arms of heroes, their families, and, students symbolically meet at sunrise to show gratitude for the sacrifice that our veterans afforded all Filipinos with –the promise of a new day to make new beginnings.

The Philippine Flag will be hoisted as the National Anthem will be sung by attendees that include WWII and Post War veterans; veterans from various veterans organizations led by the Veterans Federation of the Philippines; World War II descendants; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines; students; representatives of the member Technical Working Committee agencies, and; the Commanding General, Philippine Army (CG, PA) and Guest of Honor, LTGEN GLORIOSO V MIRANDA AFP.

LTGEN GLORIOSO V MIRANDA AFP took upon the role of the CG, PA in December 2016, when the Chief of Staff, AFP position had been filled up by then outgoing CG, PA LTGEN EDUARDO M AÑO AFP. General Miranda began his military career as a Philippine Military Academy Matikas Class of 1983 graduate. Prior to his mandatory retirement by 8 October 2017, General Miranda shall deliver his message at the Sunrise Ceremony this 2017.

The event will be hosted by the Philippine Army, which key personnel are slated to take part in the Program. The Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat ng Pilipinas will be led by Retired 2LT JULIET A BELTRAN PA. The Ecumenical Prayer by the Chief Chaplain, COL FERNANDO G GAILA CHS, shall follow. Likewise, the Commanding General of the Army Support Command, MGEN ELMER C PABALE AFP, shall introduce the Guest of Honor.

Other notable event highlights include the Welcome Remarks by World War II Veteran and Director of the PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc., BGEN MIGUEL M VILLAMOR AFP (RET) and the floral offering by the abovementioned attendees as will be led by General Miranda. #

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