Liberation of Baguio remembered in simple rites

BAGUIO CITY -– World War II veterans in Baguio City and Benguet were honored in a simple ceremony today, Wednesday, commemorating the “Liberation of Baguio”.

The ceremony commenced at the Veteran’s Park along F.B. Harrison Road with the “Posting of Colors”.

Representatives of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP), United States Army Forces in the Philippines – Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFP), Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Philippine Veterans Association Office (PVAO), Sons and Daughters Association (SDAI), Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB Baguio branch), city officials and the speakers offered wreaths on the monument.

The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) band based in Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet provided accompaniment in the singing of the Philippine and US National Anthems; with the Boy Scouts of the Philippines delivering the invocation.

Drum rolls, gun salute and the playing of “Taps” concluded the wreath-laying ceremony as the Baguio City National High School Special Program in the Arts (BCNHS-SPA) presented a few skits depicting the veterans at war.

The afternoon program started with the “Anecdotes of War” read by the sons and daughters of the veterans to reminisce the struggle for freedom.

The program concluded with the veterans’ recollections and native Benguet rituals at the Philippine Veterans Association Office, Camp Allen. PNA/northboundasia.com