By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army honored its fallen soldiers in a wreath laying ceremony and anniversary mass held Friday, March 15, at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Libingan ng Mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
In a solemn ceremony, the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees offered their prayers in remembrance of the unknown heroes’ noble sacrifices as the Army celebrated its 122nd founding anniversary.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was erected in honor of the Filipino soldiers and guerillas who fought in battles against the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II. Since then, it was established as a single tomb in dedication to and commemoration of the unidentified Army heroes.
Engraved on it are the words, “Here lies a Filipino soldier whose name is known only to God.”
“The best way we can honor them is to live by the highest standards of service, integrity and professionalism that their lives represent,” said Maj. Gen. Byron H. Calimag, commander of Army Support Command, speaking on behalf of Chief of Staff Philippine Army Maj. Gen. Jesus B. Sarsagat.
“Let their legacy not only be in the monuments that we have put up in their honor but more so in the vigorous and driven service that we give to our citizenry every single day,” he said.