CARSON, CA — Filipino American History Month continues in Carson, where the community marked the 74th anniversary of the Leyte Landing with their 6th annual 5k walk honoring Filipino World War II veterans.
A handful of the remaining veterans watched community members at an early morning walk that marks the anniversary of the Leyte Landing, which signifies the beginning of the end of WWII.
The tradition not only aims to pay tribute to the contributions of the Filipino veterans, but is also a fundraiser for the veterans to be used for services, and eventually the building of a Bayani Center in the city of Carson.
The festivities in the Pinoy hub of Carson will wrap up this Saturday with its annual Larry Itliong parade and celebration at Veterans Park.
“It’s a fundraiser for our veterans and seniors who are disadvantaged and we need to add to their quality in life and that is the whole mission of this foundation, the Filipino Veterans Foundation,” said Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque. “Hopefully one day you will see a Bayani center here in the city of Carson taking care of their health and their legacy. That’s the plan.”