A memorial for the fallen soldiers of the 303 rd Infantry Brigade was inaugurated at the Heroes Park at Camp Maj. Nelson Gerona in Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, yesterday.
Col. Francisco Delfin, 303 rd IB commanding officer, yesterday said he puts up a memorial in every camp where he is assigned as commander to honor fellow soldiers who have made an ultimate sacrifice.
The monument will include the names of fallen soldiers assigned in Negros Occidental, who were mostly killed in action between 2000 to 2013, he said.
Delfin said they timed the inauguration of the heroes monument with the celebration of National Heroes Day.
The widow of PFC Rene Gonzaga shed a tear when she saw the monument, saying at least their children will be able to remember the heroism of their father, Delfin said.
Gonzaga was among the 35 soldiers whose names were engraved in the monument.
Ginalyn Gerona, the widow of Maj. Nelson Gerona, said it was the dream of her late husband and his fellow soldiers to give honor to their comrades, who had died while serving the Philippine Army.
She is happy that his dream has finally materialized and that the monument will serve as a wonderful memorial for the fallen soldiers, Ginalyn said.
Ginalyn said she has continued the medical missions started by her husband so his memory will live on.
Joining the activity yesterday were Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Board Member Salvador Escalante, who represented Neg. Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Negros Occidental Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Melchor Coronel, retired officials of the 303 rd IB, and the widows of the fallen soldiers.*CGS
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