Marker unveiled for Phil-Am Day

BAGUIO, Benguet—The Philippine Military Academy unveiled a World War II marker in time for Friday’s Fil-Am Friendship Day rites.

Phil-Am marker. Philippine and American
officials unveiled a memorial inside the
Philippine Military Academy in Fort del Pilar
to celebrate the Philippine-American
Friendship Day. Shown in photo (from left)
are retired Commodore Carlos Agustin,
Capt John Cranston of the US Navy, former
president Fidel Ramos and PMA
Superintendent Maj. Gen. Oscar Lopez.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos, himself an alumnus of West Point Military Academy, in his address on Tuesday, challenged young military officers to value “the sacrifice and heroism of their predecessors in fighting for the country’s independence which we are now enjoying.”

Also present were Ret. General Narciso Abaya, former armed forces chief and a West Point graduate, along with other alumni of the United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and United States Coast Guard Academy.

The guests and their families were welcomed by the Maj. Gen. Oscar P. Lopez, PMA Superintendent.

On the part of the United States Government, US Ambassador to the Philippines was represented by Capt. John Cranston of JUSMAG Philippines.

“The combined experiences over the years illustrate that together both countries can overcome challenges and bring peace and hope to those in need. As both move forward, US will improve the lives of the Filipinos through our enhanced bilateral relationships that has gone through decades of implementation,” he said.

“Common friendship and respect of the American and Filipino nations to each other will continue to endure future challenges.”

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