LINGAYEN—Pangasinan’s World War II
veterans will take center stage anew when the province commemorates the 74th
Lingayen Gulf Landing and the 12th Pangasinan Veterans Day on
January 9 at the Pangasinan Memorial Park.
The commemoration this year, however, will be made as part of the centennial celebration of the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol, Butch Velasco, provincial information officer, told newsmen.
Velasco said, this means the activities in this year’s activities for Lingayen Gulf Landing and Veterans Day celebration will be held in the entire capitol area and not confined at the Pangasinan Memorial Park.
Gov. Amado Espino III and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim will lead the observance and will welcome the veterans and their families.
This year, there will also be a search for Pangasinenses who were already around when the provincial capitol building was still being constructed.
As in previous commemoration, this year’s celebration will kick off with an early morning celebration of the mass, wreath-laying in honor of the veterans who lost their lives during the Lingayen Gulf Landing to be led by Gov. Espino III and Vice Governor Calimlim.
With the honor guard from the Philippine Army coming, the commemorative program will be attended by provincial, regional and national officials and veterans from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
Also expected to arrive are officials of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Veterans Bank and representatives of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Velasco said a medical and dental mission for the veterans and their kin will be held in front of the provincial capitol.
This year’s photo exhibit will feature rare photographs of the provincial capitol when it was still being constructed during the administration of Governor Daniel Maramba and the capitol in ruins after it was bombed by the invading Japanese forces and later by the Allied Liberation forces.
One rare photograph is of an American tank making a maneuver in front of the already ruined provincial capitol. (Leonardo Micua)
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