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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA2397
2009-11-17 05:59
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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SUBJECT: EMBASSY MANILA HONORS VETERANS’ SERVICE

¶1. SUMMARY: In a Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American
Cemetery on November 11, Ambassador Kenney and guest speaker former
Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos honored the service and
sacrifice of U.S. and Filipino veterans. In her remarks, the
Ambassador noted the common sacrifices of both Filipinos and
Americans in the struggle for freedom. The event, attended by U.S.
and Filipino veterans as well as senior Philippine government and
military officials, received favorable coverage by the local media
and highlighted the U.S.’s and Philippines’ shared history and
continuing commitment to the preservation of democracy. END
SUMMARY.

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AMBASSADOR HONORS VETERANS’ SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
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¶2. The Ambassador paid tribute to the service of U.S. and
Filipino veterans at the November 11 Veterans Day ceremony, held at
the American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila. Following the
presentation of colors by an honor guard of U.S. Marines and
Filipino soldiers, attendees participated in a moment of silence to
remember the courage and sacrifice of our military men and women.
Veterans in the audience stood and were recognized by the assembled
audience of more than 700 guests. During her remarks, the
Ambassador expressed her thanks to both U.S. and Philippine
veterans, and noted the strength of the two countries’ ongoing
partnership. In addition, she hailed the service of Department of
Veterans Affairs Manila (USDVA) employees for ensuring our country
fulfills its commitment to those who serve, noting that at the
USDVA, “every day is Veterans Day.”

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RAMOS: SOLDIERS’ BATTLES DON’T END ON THE BATTLEFIELD
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¶3. In his remarks, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos — a
West Point graduate and distinguished veteran himself — paid
tribute to the “17,202 U.S. soldiers, sailors, and airmen who lie
here; the largest concentration of America’s war dead in World War
II, among them many of Filipino blood and origin.” He also honored
soldiers whose service did not end on the battlefield, stating:
“Some say the most noble way to die is in battle, defending your
country; but I say it is equally noble to drop dead peacefully,
going about the normal business of life — paying your taxes on
time, voting in the next election.” He noted that old soldiers
still have many battles left to fight, including “against injustice,
bad governance, poverty and corruption.”

¶4. The American Cemetery and Memorial welcomed over 700 attendees
to this year’s ceremony, including many World War II veterans who
shrugged off the mid-day heat with moving tales of their survival of
the Bataan Death March and Japanese internment camps. The event
highlighted the shared history between U.S. and Filipino veterans
and received extensive, positive coverage by the local media.

KENNEY

   

 

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