May 25, 2015


Los Angeles– We in the Justice For Filipino American Veterans Day (JFAV) , remembered every Memorial Day until 2001, our Filipino World War II Veterans attend every Memorial Day events in our area.

But during that those Memorial Day, Racism always rears its ugly head. Our veterans are sidelined. They were never recognized in those events. If if ever, the most it is only lip service..

We shook our head and grit our teeth on the indignities suffered by our veterans every Memorial Day. Still, they wear their uniform and medals proudly., shed their tears bitterly during this ceremonies despite being unrecognized.

They were bussed to these events by American politicians, American veterans organizations and groups to cemeteries, veteran’s posts. community centers and markers just to boost the numbers of attendees. To serve as mere decorations and a captured audience.

Honor the Filipino WWII Veterans

Tired of these indignities some progressive community and evteran leaders and the youth and students of JFAV decided to have our own Veterans Day Parade in Historic Filipinotown to honor them starting November 11, 2001. Until today we have turned November 11 every year as our memorial day and a day of protest for them.

Not the American Memorial Day every last Monday of May every year when America honor its war dead numbering in millions who died for the American Empire.

Until now, for almost 70 years, we in the Justice For FIlipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the remaining 12,000 remaining living Filipino World War II Veterans are still unrecognized as American Veterans since the unjust Rescission Act of 1946 stripped the 426,000 Filipino Veterans their right to be American Veterans.

Until now, almost 70 years after, we in JFAV are still fighting for our veterans and widows for recognition and benefits.

But because the Filipino-American Community has been in the United States for more than a hundred years, they have contributed to America its finest sons and daughter to service its armed services,.

Thus we still honor our Filipino-American brothers and sisters and everybody from our community who served dutifully in its armed forces.

Especially those who fought for its war starting from Pvt. Tomas Claudio who died in France during World War I and the very many who fought for freedom during World War II. under the Philippine and American Flag and those who fought for America.

We say, Happy Memorial Day for All.

We Salute you!

Arturo P.Garcia
National Coordinator
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
Los Angeles, California

May 25, 2015


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