Congressional gold medal to Filipino veterans of WWII
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