Exhibit-confab to be a reminder of Fil-Allied heroism in WWII
SAN FRANCISCO–An exhibition titled World War II in the Philippines – The Legacy of Two Nations, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, over four months, culminating in a conference on October 24.
The exhibition sponsored by the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, Memorare Manila 1945, San Francisco Public Library and the Philippine Consulate General opened on September 12 at the San Francisco Main Public Library (Third Floor) located at 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.
The Saturday, October 24 conference will take place at 10 a.m.at the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Public Library. Both events are open to the public. Admission is free but registration through Eventbrite (Bataan Legacy) is recommended for the conference.
The exhibition which runs through January 9, 2016 depicts the story of World War II in the Philippines, a piece of history that has been mostly forgotten. It presents a compelling story of the sacrifices of Filipino, American and Allied soldiers and civilians. One million civilians perished in the Philippines during WWII and its capital Manila became the second most devastated city in the world after Warsaw, Poland.
The Conference on October 24 will feature speakers from different perspectives of the war. WWII veterans Chief Johnny Johnson of the USS San Francisco, the most decorated aircraft carrier during WWII, and Maj. General Richard Keith of the 511th Parachute Infantry will be among the speakers. Veterans and survivors of the war will also act as panelists. State Superintendent Tom Torlakson of the California Department of Education will give the opening keynote speech while Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore (California Assembly) David Chiu and Congressman Mike Honda will give recognition to the WWII veterans. For further information, visit www.bataanlegacy.org.
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