Today, Philippines celebrates The Day of Valor, Araw ng Kagitingan. Government offices presented a short program to show recognition to the national holiday.

This day is also the remembrance of the veterans who fight for the nation's independence and rights.

1942, on April 9, American and Filipino soldier officials are in command of Bataan who preserved the defense with Japanese forces. "Fall of Bataan", is what we recognize on this very day.

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Bataan's war lasted for 93 days, just 4 months after United States Army Forces in the Far East, which is now known as USFIP, retreated to Bataan. The effort of our veterans was not wasted as what we savor freedom up to now is what our heroes achieved on April 9, 1942.

More than 70 years ago, the Filipino and American soldiers are one of the greatest sacrifices of World War II at Bataan and Corregidor. After a 4-month battle, April 9, 1942, Bataan fell followed by Corregidor on May 6.

The war is to stop the invasion of the Japanese. The day after the main Philippine island of Luzon surrendered to Japanese, the estimated amount of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers begin a forced march to a prison camp close to Cabanatuan. The march was called the Bataan Death March, a march worth 66 miles span.

The march lasted for 6 days. The death toll on the said march is estimated 5,000 to 10,000 soldiers. The death continues when they reached the prisoner's camp due to starvation and diseases.

This is also the time when General Douglas Mcarthur helped the Filipinos in the battle.

The Philippine government also declaring the Philippine Veterans Week from April 5 to 11.

 
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