Day of valor today

MANILA, Philippines --- As the nation observes Araw ng Kagitingan today, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on all local government units (LGUs) to lead in the 2013 celebration by holding meaningful activities that will highlight the bravery and valor of our country's veterans.

Executive Order No. 203, Series of 1987 has declared April 9 of every year as Araw ng Kagitingan, and the theme for celebration this year is: "Ang Beterano: Sigla at Inspirasyon ng Kabataan Tungo sa Tuwid na Daan."

To ensure a meaningful observance, the Secretary of National Defense was tasked by the President to lead the celebrations and create a technical working group, with the DILG as one of its members.

In this light, all local chief executives (LCEs) have been tasked to conduct activities in commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan in areas with historical value and to observe Philippine Veterans Week from April 5 to 11, 2013.

The activities lined up for celebration include a wreath-laying ceremony which was held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on April 5, and a tribute to all Filipino heroes at Filipino Heroes Memorial in Cavite which was held on April 7.

Araw ng Kagitingan proper will be observed at the Mount Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan.