Bravery, heroism of WWII veterans showcased thru exhibit

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The bravery and heroism of World War II veterans took center stage as the City Government of San Fernando, together with the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) launched an exhibit featuring the lives and stories of veteran soldiers.

Old photographs, write-ups and artifacts used by the World War II soldiers were displayed at the San Fernando Old Train Station as part of the exhibit called “War of our Fathers”. 

During the launching, PVB President and Chief Operating Officer Renato Claravall said the activity aims to introduce to the younger generations the heroes of World War II.

“Through this, we are celebrating an example of valor, strength, discipline, and commitment which many people do not understand, especially the younger ones. That is why we are bringing up the stories of our fathers through an exhibit,” Claravall said.

For her part, San Fernando City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan encouraged every Fernandino to look back on the contribution of Pampanga and of San Fernando to the rich history of war.

“Pampanga remains to be one of the noble and heroic places not just by sending soldiers in the World War II but also through Hukbalahap veterans who also contributed their own efforts. In the City of San Fernando, we do not forget its rich history and tradition. Every year, we give honor, not only to our forefathers but also to their families,” Pangilinan said.

She also cited the vital role of the Old Train Station during the Death March, which served as the final stop of Filipino and American soldiers on their march from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac.

A wreath-laying ceremony at the Death March Marker of the Old Train Station was also held prior to the opening of the exhibit, which will run until April 15.

The event is part of the 77th commemoration of the Death March.

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