SANTA CRUZ, Ilocos Sur- 81st Infantry (SPARTAN) Battalion joins the LGU of Suyo, Ilocos Sur in commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of the Liberation of Suyo in Mt. Tapao at 07:30 AM today.
Spartan Troopers attended the Wreath Laying Ceremony in Mt. Tapao, Suyo, Ilocos Sur in honor of the fallen heroes during the Liberation of Suyo.
It was on February 5, 1945, during the Second World War, that the town was liberated from the Japanese Forces based in Mt Tapao, Kimposa and Budac, all of Suyo, Iocos Sur by the United States Armed Forces Infantry in the Philippines – Northern Luzon together with the veterans of said town.
The activity started with a foot march from Suyo Proper to the monument located at Mt. Tapao. Therein, a wreath lying was done by the local government officials headed by the local chief executive, heirs of the Suyo veterans, and Lt Col Charles DZ Castillo INF (GSC) PA, the Commanding Officer of 81st Infantry (SPARTAN) Battalion, 7ID, PA who likewise acted as the guest speaker during the ceremony. It was then followed by a 21-gun salute rendered by Municipal PNP.
During his speech, Lt Col Castillo PA, said, “Today’s activity is a good pretext to remind people once again of the historical truth. With this year’s theme: “Agnanayon ka a sawawayawaya”, we must not allow anyone to take the peace that was given to us by the sacrifices of the Suyo Veterans.”
“To our beloved Suyo, your Philippine Army is one with you in celebrating this momentous occasion. Let us renew our determination to make good use of the freedom which was restored to us in 1945, so we can pass our beloved Suyo to the next generation in good heart. Happy 73rd Liberation Anniversary! Mabuhay ang Bayan ng Suyo! Mabuhay ang mga nagbigay sa atin ng Kalayaan! Mabuhay tayong lahat!” he added.