Korean War memorial testament to the bravery and sacrifice of Filipino Expeditionary team — President Aquino

March 29, 2012 10:24 pm 

MANILA, March 29 — President Benigno S. Aquino III called the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) Korean War Memorial Hall (PKWMH) a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of the 7,420 Filipino officers and men who fought with the people of South Korea to regain their freedom in 1950.

In his speech keynoting the inauguration of the memorial hall in Taguig City on Thursday, the President said the war memorial highlights the courage and determination of the PEFTOK members who “plunged into the fray without hesitation… to lend a hand to a neighbor in peril.”

“This memorial hall is a testament to the bravery and the sacrifice of those who took the burden of war on their shoulders so that a people might be free,” the President said.

“Here, we remember the men of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea. Here, we look back on a shining moment in our history, and we are reminded of the special bonds that have tied our fate to that of the Korean people for more than sixty years,” he added.

Built at a cost of P44 million from funds sourced by the Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs through the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines, the war memorial hall is a two-storey structure that houses a library, an auditorium and a museum depicting vignettes of information on the Philippine contingent during the Korean War.

The President also lauded the ongoing construction of the Human Resource Development Center that is being developed right beside the memorial hall.

The President said the center, which is being built through the collaboration among the Korean International Cooperation Agency, the Department of National Defense and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, “will help us in strengthening the skills of our countrymen, so that they will be better equipped for employment.”

“Two thousand trainers and school administrators will be trained with the help of TESDA and Korean consultants – developing their capabilities so that their knowledge will redound to tens of thousands more Filipinos. For this, and for all the other ways in which you have helped us for the past six decades, you have our gratitude,” the President said. (PNA) scs/PCOO/ssc

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