Camp Lukban, Catbalogan Samar – The 8th Infantry (Storm Troopers) Division, Philippine Army joins the whole nation in celebrating the 114th Philippine Independence with the theme “Kalayaan; Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan”
BGen Gerardo T Layug, Commander, 8ID, PA leads the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees during the flag raising ceremony held at Headquarters, 8ID, PA stationed at Camp Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City.
The highlight of the celebration is the reading of message from General Jessie D Dellosa, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff which states that “We commemorate with honor and pride the roots of our nation’s journey to realize our people’s dreams and aspirations. Throughout our history, Filipino men and women have fought for freedom and independence. We honor and remember today these lives dedicated in achieving and safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity. As we celebrate this day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines renews its pledge to protect and defend the Filipino nation and our national way of life. We commit to continue the fight of our forefathers to achieve lasting peace, protect our territorial integrity, and be one with our people in attaining national development”
“The 8ID, Philippine Army will carry on the ideals and aspirations of the military forefathers in achieving Independence for our country. Thus, we shall continue to bring peace in order to attain development through the spirit of ‘Bayanihan’ together with the support of all stakeholders in the region” Layug said.