History fades and we know little about the sacrifices and heroism by young men and women in uniform who gave their lives for the freedom we now take for granted.
Come and join John L. Silva’s history tour of a serene cemetery containing the remains of 17,206 American, Filipino, and other nationalities who fought in the Pacific theater in World War II.
Walk the Travertine stone halls engraved with the names of over 36,000 soldiers missing in action. Review the mosaic maps showing the most famous battles in the Pacific, from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima culminating in the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf which liberated the Philippines.
Learn about the architect Gardner Dailey, his vision, design and landscaping of the cemetery and why it is now considered a monumental gem to honor soldiers and the most visited historical site in the country.
John will highlight some of the more important soldiers buried there, from poets to five brothers and to an African American hero.
The tour lasts 1 3/4 hours and visitors are encouraged to bring a hat, a camera, and, if you wish, a small bouquet of flowers.
Reservations necessary: 0926 729 9029 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour dates and time: Tour starts promptly at 10:00 am.
Tour dates: Jan. 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, Feb 2, 9, 11, 12, 13, 2011
Directions: Old Lawton Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Google Map http://bit.ly/d1bYdA
Meet at Memorial parking site (rear)
Tour fee: php 900 adults, 450 children
(Group rates and private tours available)