Beng pays tribute to veterans PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:57

House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco-Salazar yesterday joined the local commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan to personally express gratitude to Zamboangueño World War II veterans whose heroic deeds helped the country achieve democracy.

Themed “Ang Beterano: Sigla at inspirasyon ng kabataan tungo sa tuwid na daan”, the Araw ng Kagitingan celebration, also known as the day of valor, marks the fall of Bataan which led to the Bataan death march.

Climaco-Salazar said the challenge for the day is “for the youth to bridge the gap between the stories and learning experiences of the past from our veterans to connect with the youth which are marked by ignorance and apathy”.

“We need to make the stories of our heroic veterans’ deeds as a source of inspiration to instill national pride and promote love of country and love of people,” the lady solon stressed during the program relating that she was touched by the gesture of WWII veterans’ grandchildren offering flowers during wreath laying rites at the Veterans memorial earlier in the day.

She told the veterans: “Indeed really admire and appreciate your valor for all that you have done for our country. Came ta aprecia de ustedes esfuerzo para defende el democracia di aton nacion contra con el maga diferente maga insurreccion”.

Climaco-Salazar recounted that her uncle, Benjamin Cortes Climaco also marched in battle at the height of the World War II and died in Cavite. “We would like to say muchas gracias con ustedes por el esfuerzo ya ase ustedes para defende con el di aton nacion”.

Like the World War II veterans, the lady solon said, the present generation is also working hard to defend democracy, which is the pride of the nation. “Este maga tiempo, taki tambiem came, maga jovenes, ta aspira cosa ustedes ya ase, we are here, young people aspiring what you have done, also to defend democrach because this is the pride of our nation. Let us help make and bring about and give a better future for our children”. — Sheila Covarrubias