FAUW honored the sacrifices and valor of WWII’s Bataan soldiers with two events:
FAUW laid a wreath for fallen soldiers at the National Memorial Cemetery at Punchbowl during Bataan Day, Araw ng Kagitingan, celebrated by the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu on April 7, 2018 (see pictures below).
Guest speakers at our March meeting were Sgt. Ilka Z. Luna, who was preparing her team for the Bataan Memorial March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico; and member Pepi Nieva, editor of her father’s book on his experiences in Bataan and the Death March, “Cadet, Soldier, Guerrilla Fighter.” Pepi shared an overview of the book plus the efforts of four groups to remember Bataan. Click links for more info and to support these groups’ very important work!
- Bataan Legacy has succeeded in including Bataan and the Filipinos’ contributions in WWII in California public high school curricula;
- Philippine-based FAME, which maintains the Bataan Death March markers at each kilometer of the Death March, as well as other monuments to the “Battling Bastards of Bataan”;
- The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, which fought for approval of the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII veterans; and
- Philippine Veterans Bank’s commemorative Bataan Freedom Run and Trail.
Here are pictures at the Araw ng Kagitingan, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan. Consul General Joselito Jimeno, Rear Admiral Piercey, Governor David Ige, Sen. Brian Schatz, elected officials, military leaders, and members of the Hawaii Consular Corps and the Filipino community joined WWII veterans in the commemoration at Punchbowl.