CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – In the celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day with the theme “Kalayaan 2019: Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan”, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro conducted joint flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies at Kiosko Kagawasan, Plaza Divisoria earlier this morning June 12, 2019.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) led by Mayor Oscar C Moreno, together with Maj Gen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4ID, graced the special event and led thousands of peace-loving Cagay-anons who gathered at the heart of the City to give their full support for the activity.
LGUs, Line Government Agencies (LGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CDOs) were all also present as they honor the courage and sacrifices of our forefathers to gain our independence.
Maj Gen Gacal said, “The flag raising and wreath laying ceremony is a fitting tribute to all our heroes and a suitable reminder to everyone, that freedom does not come free. It is paid with blood, sweat, and tears.” “Countless lives were sacrificed for the sake of the Philippine Independence, thus, let us always remember the heroism of our forefathers,” he added.
“In today’s commemoration, let us also continue to give honor and respect to the valiant and gallant sacrifices of our fallen Diamond troopers. They offered the supreme sacrifice which motivated us to strive and do our best to finally end local communist armed conflict and attain long-lasting peace and sustainable development in Regions 10 and CARAGA. The success of our activity today signifies, that through our convergence efforts, we will be able to achieve our aspirations as a nation,” Gacal ended.