Soldiers belonging to the Army’s 75th Infantry Battalion celebrated the nation’s 121st Independence Day with a simultaneous flag raising ceremony in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, June 12.
The commemorative rites were attended by local officials led by Mayor
Jenny de Asis and Vice- Mayor Solomon Rufila, and representatives from local government agencies, people’s organizations, schools and other sectors.
Col. Alan Hambala, Commander of the 401st Brigade led the military
contingent together with Commanders of 26th and 75th Infantry Battalions, and 3rd Special Forces Battalion. Also present were members of other uniformed services, Philippine National Police
(PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
The ceremony saw the hoisting of 27 flags representing the 27 barangays of the said municipality. A traditional 21- gun salute was rendered by soldiers to the flag which was followed by the blowing of sirens by the PNP, BFP, PNP and MDRRMC.
The activity ended with a symbolic releasing of doves and balloons that
represented the freedom of the people and liberty of the country.
LTC JAIME R DATUIN said: “I am very thankful that many people including government officials, employees and students participated in this activity. This only proved that our fellow Filipinos value our freedom, and respect our forefathers who sacrificed their lives in the name of independence”.
Hambala said that the ceremony served as an opportunity to honor the heroes who fought for our land and its people. He added the activity showed the Filipino soldier’s firm commitment to fulfill his mandate to serve and protect people, uphold our sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We will remain the nation’s catalyst of peace and development”, Hambala said.
Cpt Edwin Leo Francisco
CMO Officer, 75IB, 4ID, PA
Bislig City, Surgao del Sur