Army commemorates Filipino-Korean Friendship Day

The Philippine Army joined the celebration of the 21st Korean War Veterans of the Philippines Memorial Day and the 46th Anniversary of the PEFTOK Veteran’s Association, Inc. (PVAI) through a full Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Korean War Memorial Pylon, Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, today.

The Commanding General, Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana led the commemoration of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea’s (PEFTOK) gallantry and service in the Korean War in 1950 where five Battalion Combat Teams fought in a foreign land alongside United Nations forces to aid South Korea against invading communist forces.

The Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man expressed their nation’s gratitude to the contribution and sacrifices of the Filipino veterans whose service led to the freedom of the Republic Korea.

“Korea will not enjoy democracy without the contribution and sacrifice of Filipino and Korean veterans. Today, on Remembrance Day, we remember their sacrifice, valor, dedication, devotion, and contribution for the freedom of Korea and the world,” he said.

Han also revealed the message of President Rodrigo Duterte to the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in saying the Philippines will forever stand with Korea to defend freedom.

Lt. Gen. Sobejana also acknowledged and extended his gratitude to the Filipino veterans of the Korean War for their bravery that led to their victory in the battles of Yultong and Eerie Hill.

“Today, we are again given the privilege to honor the deeds of our predecessors, savor their continuing tradition of valor, and celebrate freedom with our South Korean ally. To our veterans, your courage earned not only the admiration of many nations but raised the pride of our own. Your triumph in the Battle of Yultong somehow reminds us that we have already been a world-class Army all along. On behalf of the Philippine Army, I extend my deepest gratitude for your service,” said the CGPA.

“Our love for our countries, families, ways of life, and democracy will keep the lessons of the Korean War contemporary. Against COVID-19, terrorism, or even calamities, our great veterans will remind us to be resilient, and win together with other members of the community of nations,” he added. PHILIPPINE ARMY