CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the entire Nation on the commemoration of Rizal Day celebration, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division Philippine Army participates in the commemorative rites of the 123rd Rizal Day celebration with the theme, “Jose Rizal:Huwaran ng Pilipino sa Ikadalawampu’t Isang Siglo”, at Kiosko Kagawasn, Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, December 30, 2019.
The Rizal Day is celebrated every December 30 as the anniversary of Rizal’s 1896 execution at Bagumbayan, at present the Rizal park in Manila. It is declared a national holiday in commemorating the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal as the national hero of our country.
Around 120 diamond troopers composed of honor guards, firing party, marching band, security elements, general and special staffs led by Colonel Noel Z Plaza, the Assistant Division Commander for Reservist and Retirees Affairs of 4ID, PA assembled in the Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, this city at 5:00 o’clock in the morning.
Meanwhile, the activity started with the sounding of sirens at around 7:00 o’clock in morning. Immediately follows was the formal program which was highlighted with the raising of the Philippine flag with full military honors and the mass wreath laying which was participated in by various agencies and sectors headed by Hon. Oscar S Moreno the City mayor together with Colonel Noel Z Plaza as the military host.
On his message, Mayor Moreno reminds everyone on the sacrifices of Dr. Jose Rizal and that freedom is earned. “Let the memories of our heroes inspired us to do our task and fulfill our mandate to deliver a better community, a better Mindanao. Let us continue our team work, unity despite of diversity and to strive more for the next generation”.
MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4ID said, “On the commemoration of 123rd Rizal Day celebration, let us be reminded of the courage, commitment and patriotism of Dr. Jose Rizal who fought for our freedom through peaceful means”.
Let this be a fitting reminder to everyone to preserve our freedom against CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) and other unscrupulous organizations who wants to destroy democracy and deterrent to a peaceful and develop communities. I urge everyone to do your share for us to attain lasting peace and sustainable development in Regions 10 and Caraga.,” Gacal ended.