Libingan ng mga Bayani / Heroes Cemetery
The Libingan ng mga Bayani was formerly known as the Republic Memorial Cemetery established by the Philippine government in 1947 as a tribute to the gallant Filipino soldiers who fought and died in World War II. In 1954, then Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay rededicated the cemetery and renamed it as the Libingan ng mga Bayani. In 1967 then President Ferdinand Marcos reserved 142 hectares from the Fort Bonifacio Military Reserve (formerly known as Fort McKinley) in consideration for the LNMB to serve not only as a cemetery for military personnel but also as a national shrine for fallen heroes.
Presently LNMB provides grave and internment services for military men who died in the line of duty or who were honorably discharged. LNMB is also open as final resting place for former Philippine presidents, Filipino veterans, notable government statesmen, dignitaries and national artists.
As of 2009, buried at the memorial cemetery are 44,027 military personnel of which 32,268 were men who lost their lives in Capas, Tarlac. Also interred in the cemetery are two former Philippine presidents, Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal. Spouses of ranking military men and government officials are also given the honor to be buried in LNMB.
As one enters the grounds two black stone walls with the quote “I do not know the dignity of his birth but I do know the glory of his death,” greets visitors. The quote was from Gen. Douglas McArthur when he came to pay his respects to his WW II fallen comrades when he came to visit in 1960.
At the center of the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Hero and radiating from the center are the different plots reserved for different branches of military operations. There are four memorial pylons for each war that the Philippines was part of – Bataan and Corregidor Defenders Pylon, Philippine World War II Guerilla Pylon, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Pylon, and the Korean Memorial Pylon.
The LNMB is open to the public everyday including public holidays from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Though the former Fort Bonifacio area was in Makati, the Libingan ng mga Bayani is officially a part of Taguig city now. The cemetery is accessible from Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) right turn to McKinley coming from the west or left turn coming from the east. From McKinley right turn to 5th Avenue or Lawton Avenue, left to Bayani Road straight to LNMB. From C5, exit at Bayani Road near the Heritage Memorial Park.
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