During our visit to Bataan, I told my children some information about Bataan, those only that I knew and heard from my father's story. They are smarter than me and the stories from the books are still fresh from their memory. Their grandfather, on my husband's side, however is a war veteran and that made them prouder to know what the heroes of veteran war did to fight for the country.
At the memorial ground, there's an altar, esplanade and museum. As soon as we entered the Mt. Samat, we were given tickets that served as entrance to The Shrine and Museum.
Shrine of Valor is a memorial shrine erected on top of Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan as a remembrance to the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the battle. The Memorial Cross stands about 311 ft (95m) high.
A little sacrifice getting there on foot made them appreciate the place more. The cool breeze on top makes it all worth it.
The view from the cross.
A lift that took us to the towering cross can only accommodate ten people and that's the maximize count. We're ten plus the guard and shrunk ourselves inside. I was hesitant at first to join with them but my children were eager to see what's on top. The guard reminded us to be quiet to keep the sacredness of the place. The highest point of Mount Samat is 555 m above sea level.
The viewing deck where you could see the panoramic view of Bataan.
April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valour was declared as a National Holiday in the Philippines. It was formerly known as Bataan Day to commemorate both the Fall of Bataan (April 9, 1942) and Fall of Corregidor (May 6, 1942.)
I hope that the stories of our ancestors' heroism be always remembered and be passed on to future generations.