RP Marks 4th Korean War Vets' Memorial Day Today

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The Philippines marks its 4th Korean War Veterans of the Philippines Memorial Day today, Sunday, Sept. 7, with simple rites that will bring together surviving veterans of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK).

The rites will coincide with the 30th annual convention of the PEFTOK Veterans Association Inc. (PVAI) at Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Veterans from each of the five battalion combat teams (BCTs) that comprised PEFTOK will attend the rites.

AFP Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia will be the guest of honor, while South Korean Minister and Consul General Cho Hee-Yong will deliver a special greeting.

PVAI President Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Castro PA (ret.) said the annual gathering is the highlight of the year for Korean War veterans, all of whom are over 70 years old. Less than 3,000 Korean War veterans (out of 7,000) remain alive today.

The Korean War began 52 years ago with North Koreas unprovoked invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950. It was only in 2000, however, that the Philippines declared Sept. 7 Korean War Veterans Memorial Day through Presidential Proclamation 535 signed on Aug. …