Retired Lt. Gen. Ernesto Carolina, former Department of National Defense Undersecretary and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator, will be the guest of honor at rites marking the 68th Negros Island Liberation (Victory) Day, 7:30 a.m. today, a press release from the Capitol said.
The commemoration will start with a wreath–laying and flag raising ceremonies at the monument of the Negros WWII Veterans at the Provincial Capitol Park to be led by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and representatives of multi-sectors.
The flag will be hoisted by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office with the Negros Occidental High School Brass band, while the 21 Gun Salute will be done by the soldiers of the 303rd Philippine Army, the press release said.
Gift-giving and awarding rites will follow at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center where the message of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will be delivered by Lacson.
The province will present P200,000 in financial assistance for the medical needs of the veterans and will also distribute gift packs as part of the annual observance, in collaboration with the Offices of the Governor, Vice Governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and Public Affairs Division, the press release said.
A medical consultation will be conducted by the Provincial Health Office
Carolina a former Battalion Commander of the Army’s 78th Infantry Battalion in Calatrva will be accompanied by his staff who will hold a consultation meeting with the veterans and their dependents through a Help Information Desk that will be set up at NOMPAC, the press release said.
The provincial choir will serenade the veterans and guests with all-time guerrilla songs on the theme “Negrense WWII Veterans... our inspiration for volunteerism.”
The annual historical event is a tribute to the gallantry and patriotism of the Negrenses WWII veterans who fought and sacrificed their lives to liberate the people of the province from the bondage of Japanese occupation. It is also aimed at educating the youth about patriotism, the press release said.*