Pangasinan to observe 72nd anniversary of Lingayen Gulf landings

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The province of Pangasinan will commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the Landing of the Allied LIberation Forces in the Lingayen Beach on January 9, an observance which coincides with the celebration of the 10th Pangasinan Veterans’ Day.

Governor Amado Espino III will lead the activity to start off with a Thanksgiving Mass at 7:00 a.m. and wreath-laying as well as a commemorative program at the Veterans’ Memorial Park behind the provincial capitol honoring the sacrifices and heroism of World War II veterans.

The event will commemorate the fateful day on Jan. 9, 1945 when allied liberation forces led by General Douglas Mac Arthur, stormed the beaches of the Lingayen Gulf from San Fabian in the north east to Sual in the west, to begin the final liberation of Luzon from the Japanese.

Among those making a sentimental visit to Pangasinan for the Lingayen Gulf landing are Filipino, American, British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand veterans who saw action in that historic landing and participated in the liberation of Luzon from the enemy.