Philippines commemorates National Heroes Day on Monday

The Philippines is commemorating the National Heroes’ Day on Monday, August 31. The event honors the country’s heroes and is held on the last Monday of every August. President Benigno Aquino III will lead the commemoration with a simple wreath-laying ceremony and commemorative program at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Philippine Army said President Aquino will be accompanied by top government officials, senior military officers and enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, members of the diplomatic corps, students, and members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP).

“A full military honor composed of personnel from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy (Fleet and Marines) and Philippine Air Force will also be tendered to the President upon his arrival at the LNMB,” the Army said.

In line with the commemoration, the Army ordered all its posts, camps, bases and stations to display the national flag at half-mast from sunrise until midday on August 31, Monday. Under Republic Act No. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, the Philippine Flag can be flown at half-mast or half-staff during the death anniversary of heroes and heroines. National flag can also be lowered to half-mast as a sign or mourning upon official announcement of the death of select government officials or other persons determined by the National Historical Institute (NHI).