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Exhibition, onboard rite honoring the fall of Bataan in World War II

SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino Americans and San Francisco Bay Area American officials gathered to mark the 80e anniversary of the fall of Bataan in World War II with an onboard display and ceremony honoring Filipino and American soldiers who fought in the Philippines.

The ‘Remember Bataan: The 80th Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan’ commemorative exhibit opened at the Philippine Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall in honor of Filipino and American veterans and civilians of World War II.

Philippine Consul General in San Francisco Neil Ferrer (third from left) leads Filipino and American officials and leaders during the dedication ceremony for the memorial exhibit “Remember Bataan: The 80th Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan at the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco. Kalayaan Hall on April 11, 2022. CONTRIBUTE

It officially opened on April 11, attended by Philippine and U.S. government officials, including California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Daly City Councilman and former Mayor Juslyn Manalo, District 11 Supervisor of San Francisco Ahsha Safai and San Francisco City Librarian Michael Lambert.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for three weeks, until April 30. Those wishing to see the exhibition on a weekend should make an appointment at http://bit. ly/rememberbataan.

The exhibit is divided into seven sections: timeline of World War II in the Philippines, 1941-1945; the Fall of Bataan and the Bataan Death March; the role of the San Francisco Bay Area in the Philippine campaign of the war; profiles of Filipino, Filipino American, and American soldiers and civilians; a video projection featuring interviews with Filipino and American children who witnessed the war; key takeaways such as the lasting political and cultural impact of the war in the Philippines and the legacy of Filipino Americans in the US Armed Forces; and community engagement to support Filipino American veterans and their families.

It is a joint project of the Consulate, the San Francisco Department of Tourism, the Filipino American Arts Exposition through its President Al Perez, the Bataan Historical Legacy Historical Society through its Director Executive Cecilia Gaerlan and the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society through its National Deputy Secretary Rod de la Concepcion. Filipino American community leaders and descendants of World War II veterans contributed memorabilia to the exhibit.

U.S. <a class=Coast Guard Vice Admiral Michael McAllister, Brigadier General Steven McLaughlin, Rear Admiral Jonathan Yuen and Mexico’s Consul General in San Francisco Remedios Gomez Arnau during a wreath laying ceremony aboard the ‘USS Hornet’ in Alameda, California, honoring Filipino and American War veterans who died in World War II. CONTRIBUTED” width=”620″ height=”209″ srcset=”https://usa.inquirer.net/files/2022/04/shipbaord.jpg 620w, https://usa.inquirer.net/files/2022/04/shipbaord-550×185.jpg 550w, https://usa.inquirer.net/files/2022/04/shipbaord-342×115.jpg 342w, https://usa.inquirer.net/files/2022/04/shipbaord-300×101.jpg 300w, https://usa.inquirer.net/files/2022/04/shipbaord-150×51.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px”/>

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Michael McAllister, Brigadier General Steven McLaughlin, Rear Admiral Jonathan Yuen and Mexico’s Consul General in San Francisco Remedios Gomez Arnau during a wreath laying ceremony aboard the ‘USS Hornet’ in Alameda, California, honoring Filipino and American War veterans who died in World War II. CONTRIBUTED

Meanwhile, aboard the USS Hornet, one of the American warships that helped liberate the Philippines during World War II, the Filipino American community in the San Francisco Bay Area solemnly celebrated the 80th anniversary of the fall of Bataan and the death of Bataan. March on April 10, 2022 at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California.

Hosted by the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, the “Remembrance and Reconciliation” Memorial Ceremony paid tribute to Filipino and American prisoners of war who perished and survived the Bataan Death March, as well as Allied victims of the Infernal Ships Japanese Oryoku Maru and Enoura Maru.

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