National Heroes Day at Libingan ng mga Bayani
Taguig City took center stage anew as the nation observed the National Heroes Day last August 31, with President Aquino leading the ceremonies at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio.
The President delivered the keynote address as guest of honor. His Excellency also lead the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies.
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano delivered the opening remarks at the program.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, along with foreign dignitaries, World War II veterans, and other government officials are present during the event.
The occasion, with the theme “Pilipinong Tapat, Magiting at Makabayan: Ikaw ay Bayani sa Tuwid na Daan,” is meant to pay homage to Filipinos who offered their lives to bring back and preserve Philippine independence.
“The sacrifices of our Filipino heroes are deeply rooted in our hearts. We remember them for their works and we continue to draw inspiration from them,” said Mayor Lani.
The Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig is a final resting place of Filipino soldiers, as well as heroes, martyrs and former top officials of the country.
Among those buried in the cemetery are defenders of Bataan and Corregidor siege and Filipinos who fought during the Philippine-American War and WWII. The cemetery also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The National Heroes Day is commemorated by virtue of Act No. 3827 enacted on October 28, 1931.