Today we attended a Veteran's Day ceremony at the American Cemetery in Manila. Here are some pictures. The woman in the blue dress is American Embassador to the Philippines and our newest friend Kristie A. Kinney. The cemetery has over 17,000 graves along with the names of over 36,000 others who were missing in action or lost at sea. In one of the pictures is the name of Charles E. Thomas, a name we were asked to look for. In the following picture Steve is pointing at the name.
In the picture with two women wearing red, Marcia is on the left and Leslie Murray, our host, is on the right. In a closeup of the Ambassador the gentleman is Raffi Evangelista, the current Commander of the Philippine Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. Some of the very old men in the front row are veterans, while Raffi is now second generation.
We visit this cemetery every April on our Ghost Soldiers tour. Often we are asked to photograph names or graves. Our daughter-in-law has a great uncle buried here. Chances are you know someone who is related to someone in the cemetery. We would be happy to take pictures if you know someone here.
To see all of the pictures we took, go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/steveandmarciaontherock/20081111VeteransDay#