Con­gres­sional gold medal to Filipino vet­er­ans of WWII

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

LAST Oc­to­ber 27, 2018 the US Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 124 of­fi­cers and mem­bers trooped to the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy for the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal Award­ing cer­e­monies to honor the Filipino Vet­er­ans of World War II.

Their or­ga­ni­za­tion the VFW Post 124 was in­stru­men­tal in invit­ing the US Am­bas­sador, con­tact­ing the vet­er­ans and for them to bring two rel­a­tives, ar­rang­ing for the meal and the trans­porta­tion of the awardees.

Un­for­tu­nately, they were not ac­knowl­edged dur­ing the pro­gram and it be­came part of the PMA foun­da­tion day cel­e­bra­tion. But all is well since what is due recog­ni­tion to the vet­er­ans was fi­nally given, though at least five post hu­mous and some of the awardees al­ready in wheel­chairs. The medals were well de­served.

Ms Ade­laida Lim’s re­sponse ” It is im­por­tant to con­tinue to retell the sto­ries of our coura­geous vet­er­ans of the Sec­ond World war to the gen­er­a­tions to come and to the gen­er­a­tions yet un­born. Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions must know the cost of free­dom and re­al­ize that free­dom is theirs be­cause of the sac­ri­fices of their fore­bears. Their deeds are wor­thy to be em­u­lated. May we con­tinue to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the brav­ery ex­em­pli­fied by our vet­er­ans.”

In this is­sue of my cor­ner, I share the re­sponse from Ms. Ade­laida Lim, the grand­daugther of one of the awardees “It has been 7 decades since World War II ended but the sto­ries of my late grand­fa­ther, Vi­cente Pod­ico Lim con­tinue to in­spire and guide me. In­deed, his West Point motto of Duty, Honor, Coun­try was so in­stilled in my cousins and my­self as we grew up that we could not help but ab­sorb a sim­i­lar ethic. Through­out my own 70 years of ex­is­tence since the end of the war, our fam­ily has pro­moted free­dom and peace.

From the front­line in Bataan on Fe­bru­ary 20, 1942, Gen­eral Lim wrote to his wife, Pi­lar Hi­dalgo Lim, “I sin­cerely give all the credit to my of­fi­cers and en­listed men. They are the ones who did it all. Mine is only to in­spire and to lead them. When his­tory is writ­ten I will give them all the credit. Their sat­is­fac­tion is mine to share. “At the time of this writ­ing, Gen­eral Lim was in a pig sty that was his head­quar­ters while de­fend­ing Bataan from the in­va­sion of Ja­panese forces. This was his last let­ter to the fam­ily then in the

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