Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer led the celebration of the 74th Negros Island Victory Day held at the Provincial Capitol Park yesterday, attended by the members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines-Neg. Occ. Chapter and their families, provincial officials, non-government organizations, and government agencies.
The activity started with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of the WW II Veterans, Volley of 21 Gun Salute by the 303rd Brigad e Philippine Army, followed by the traditional flag raising ceremony, and parade and review spearheaded by the Negros Occ. High School CAT Ceremonial Troop, a press release from the Capitol said.
A commemorative program followed at the Neg. Occ. Multi-Purpose Activity Center where Lacson and Ferrer gave their messages.
Lacson thanked the veterans and their families, and said that the provincial government is not only here to support them but also to listen.
“Our fallen fellow Negrense and our veterans were just like us, people who never wished for war, people who would choose peace and freedom, had they been given the choice. However, war broke out and they chose to fight so that the freedom and peace,” Lacson said.
“To the present-day Negrense, it is our obligation to give back in gratitude, not in words but through our actions by being conscientious, active and responsible members of our community and society,” the governor added.
Ferrer also thanked the war veterans and their families. He said that their sense of patriotism is more than enough to provide safety not only to their own homes but the whole province as well.
The yearly event is a tribute to the gallantry and patriotism of Negrense veterans who liberated the island after fighting against the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II, the press release said.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “For our Victory, for the Liberation and Freedom…Our Veterans, We Owe Them!”, it added.*
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