Thank you to my biking buddies Jeans, Ruth, Bingle, Tonnette, Papa Dennis, and Joey Tan who rode with me today to pay tribute to our World War II veterans. Until our next ride kabikekadas!
Today, we pay tribute to the courage and heroism of our World War II veterans as we observe “Araw ng Kagitingan.” Also known as “Bataan Day, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) is a national public holiday in the Philippines.
On this day in 1942, Allied Forces fought the invading armies in Bataan, upsetting the latter’s timetable and affording the Allied Forces time to prepare for the long fight ahead. Depleted food and supplies, medicines and ammunitions, however, compelled around 76,000 Filipinos, Chinese-Filipinos, and Americans to surrender on this day, which came to be called “The Fall of Bataan.”
The prisoners of war were forced to endure the infamous march from Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga, where they were transported by train to Camp O’Donnell, Tarlac, which is known today as Capas National Shrine. Thousands perished due to dehydration, heat stroke, starvation, and diseases. This event came to be known as the Bataan March.
Source: Yahoo!News Philippines