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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Leyte Gulf Landing

Does the phrase “I SHALL RETURN” ring a bell? Oh well, today is the day when General General Douglas MacArthur and his men landed at Red Beach to fulfilled his popular promised and uttered “I HAVE RETURN”.

As of this typing I heard a helicopters coming back and forth that is when I remember today is the 67th Anniversary of Leyte Landing. Leyte Landing is an annual celebration in Leyte to honor the men and women who laid down their lives to end enemy occupation of our country. Only if I have nothing much to do today it will be an honor witnessing this memorable event of our country.

The President of the Philippine Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino is only one of the well known visitors to grace the event.

More Info: taken from en.wikipedia.orgPhoto not mine

The Leyte Landing Memorial is a memorial to the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and his men at Red Beach. It is located in Candahug, a barangay of the municipality of Palo in the province of Leyte, part of the Visayas. Also known as the MacArthur Landing Memorial Park, the memorial consists of larger-than-life bronze statues of the general with other men, including then Philippine president Sergio Osmeña, Jr., standing in a manmade pool.

The memorial was erected in tribute to MacArthur’s fulfillment of his promise to return to the Philippines after it was occupied by the Japanese during World War II in the Philippines. The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines ended soon after MacArthur landed at Red Beach on October 20, 1944 with 225,000 troops and 600 ships. The anniversary of this event is commemorated annually at the park with a reenactment of the famous landing, attended by local and foreign dignitaries.

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