On April 9th, 2017 take a few minutes of your time to remember.
Today, “Araw ng Kagitingan,” is the “Day of Valor” in the Philippines, a national public holiday, which was declared in 1961 as Bataan Day, and in 1987 as Araw ng Kagitingan. It takes place every year on April 9, the date of the fall of Bataan in World War II.
The day is also commemorated in the United States, though by a different name, as National Former POW Recognition Day. In the United States, April 9th is a Presidentially proclaimed observance. See a post from last year to learn more on the origins of this U.S. observance:
This April 9th is the 73rd anniversary of the fall of Bataan, in which some 12,000 American and 68,000 Filipino military personnel, about 80,000 in all, were captured after the arduous campaign; it was the largest single surrender in American military history.
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