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Leyte veterans cherish Leyte Gulf landings

By Gemma Tabao

Tacloban City (20 October) -- "We are the brave Filipino soldiers of yesteryears, and we will remain fighters forever".

This was the principle proudly expressed by some Filipino veterans of Leyte, who were present during the 62nd celebration of the Leyte Gulf Landings.

The living soldiers during the World War II who bravely offered their lives in exchange for Philippine freedom, these veterans were very excited and enthusiastic as observed during the interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency.

Department of Foreign Affairs Usec. Esteban Conejos and Col. Bonifacio de Castro, GSC PA salute colors during the 62nd anniversary of the Leyte Gulf landings, Oct. 20. (Photo by Vino Cuayzon)

"This is our day, though counted it may seem, this is the only time when we feel being honored for our past sufferings and patriotic acts. We will always cherish occasions like this as we always fight for our life".

Department of Foreign Affairs Usec. Esteban Conejos (left), governor Jericho Petilla (center) and congresswoman Remedios Petilla led other foreign dignitaries in the wreath laying ceremony at the MacArthur marker commemorating the 62nd Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary, October 20. (Photo by Vino Cuayzon)

Likewise, the veterans also took the interview as an opportunity to thank the Arroyo administration for all the support given to them, like the granting of special privileges as stipulated in the Senior Citizens Act, wherein they are given 5 to 20 percent discounts on rides, purchase of foods, grocery items and prescribed drugs.

"At least the Philippine government has been very responsive to our needs, and continues to consider us in the enactment of social legislations, the "elderlies" happily bared". (PIA 8) [top]

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