US Em­bassy in PH com­mem­o­rates Veter­ans Day

Sun.Star Davao - - BILLBOARD -

ON Novem­ber 11, 2017, U.S. Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Sung Y. Kim led the 2017 Veter­ans Day com­mem­o­ra­tion at the Manila Amer­i­can Ceme­tery and Me­mo­rial in Taguig City, Metro Manila.

Veter­ans Day is an Amer­i­can hol­i­day that orig­i­nates with the for­mal end of hos­til­i­ties of World War I with the sign­ing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It has since be­come a day to honor all veter­ans who served the United States.

Veter­ans of both the United States and Philippine mil­i­taries at­tended the event, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the U.S. Em­bassy, the Gov­ern­ment of the Philip­pines, the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines, and other in­vited guests. The com­mem­o­ra­tion in­cluded a cer­e­mo­nial color guard, a wreath-lay­ing, a 21-gun salute, taps, as well as remarks from Am­bas­sador Kim and Un­der­sec­re­tary Ernesto G. Carolina, Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Philippine Veter­ans Af­fairs Of­fice.

Speak­ing to the as­sem­bled au­di­ence, Am­bas­sador Kim em­pha­sized the im­mense debt of grat­i­tude owed to both U.S. and Filipino ser­vice mem­bers for their sac­ri­fices made in de­fense of free­dom.

U.S. Veter­ans Af­fairs (VA) Manila was a cospon­sor of the cer­e­mony. For 95 years, the VA has had a pres­ence in Manila. As the only VA of­fice lo­cated out­side of the United States, VA Manila is a tes­ta­ment to the close historical ties be­tween the two coun­tries. As an in­te­gral part of the U.S. Mis­sion to the Philip­pines, VA Manila part­ners with its Philippine coun­ter­parts and veter­ans ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions to en­sure the de­liv­ery of med­i­cal care and ben­e­fits in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions of veter­ans in de­fense of both coun­tries.

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