Bataan: Mt. Samat & Dambana ng Kagitingan
After a heritage walk around Las Casas, before heading back to San Fernando, we went to visit one the most important bastion of history, Mt. Samat. Mt Samat is located in the town of Pilar, Bataan. It became a silent witness to the bravery of the Filipino and American soldiers as they took their last stand fighting the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
Today, Dambana ng Kagitingan valiantly stands near the summit of Mt. Samat, a fitting memorial of the heroic struggles of those soldiers who offered their lives for our freedom. We visited a month before the Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, and in preparation of the celebration, the elevetor going up to the cross is temporarily closed for maintenance.
And our visit happened to be on a weekend, there were many student's on their school fieldtrip making the place too crowded. To avoid the crowd, we opted to visit the museum located at the basement of the memorial.
Uniforms, ammunitions and photographs were on display. And as I walk and read through every photos and memorabilia, I continue to thank God for soldiers who died and fought for the freedom I now enjoy.