ILOILO CITY, Iloilo --- A 90-year-old veteran is appealing to the younger generation to honor the sacrifices he and other veterans made in World War II (WWII).
''We fought for freedom not only for our generation, but for future generations,'' said Commander Claro Daulo Sr. during the 68th Liberation of Panay, Guimaras and Romblon Islands held in Iloilo City last Monday, March 18.
Daulo pointed out that their time is running out as majority already died while surviving veterans are physically too weak to celebrate Victory Day at the Balantang Memorial National Shrine.
The WWII veteran's appeal was echoed by Undersecretary Eduardo Batac of the Department of Defense's Civil, Veterans and Reserve Affairs.
''Our youth must learn the value of national pride and love of country. They must also learn to preserve our veterans' act of heroism,'' Batac emphasized.
Captain Cesar Capellan, regional president of the association of sons and daughters of war veterans, disclosed the revival of an advocacy program aimed to educate the youth.