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Leyte Gulf Landings commemorated today

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By Restituto A. Cayubit and Nestor L. Abrematea

Palo, Leyte – The MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park here will be the focus of the 73rd commemoration of the Leyte Gulf Landings today.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will lead this year’s commemoration, representing President Duterte.

The landings of US-led allied forces in 1944 marked the start of the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation during World War II.

The Philippine government led by former President Sergio Osmeña was installed at the capitol building in Tacloban City.

Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla will host local officials from other towns in Eastern Visayas during the event which has the theme: “Keeping Alive the Valor of the Heroes of World War II.”

Governor Petilla said this year’s commemoration will again pay tribute to Filipino and allied soldiers who died during the liberation of the Philippines.

He said the veterans’ organizations and groups representing their sons and daughters will lead the sunrise-to-sunset ceremony.

The provincial government opted for a low-key commemoration because it is preparing for the 75th diamond anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landings next year.

Among the major activities are trade exhibits and a jobs fair which started last Monday at the Leyte Academic Center here.

A fiesta-style celebration was scheduled for last night at the municipal grounds.

Chief Supt. Gilberto Cruz, police regional director, said security will be tight for today’s event which will be attended by dignitaries from United States, Japan and Australia.

Cruz said his office is coordinating with the Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard.

Checkpoints will be set and a K-9 team will be deployed, he added.

An augmentation force from other police units in Eastern Visayas will be standing by, Cruz said.

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