Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AFA supports restoration of veterans cemetery in Philippines

AFA is an association that doesn't just invest in the future of aerospace and the Air Force, but honors and commemorates the history and heritage as well. 

We proudly join several organizations as Allies of the Clark Veterans Cemetery Restoration Association (CVCRA), an organization that dedicates itself to helping transform the Clark Veterans Cemetery, located in Pampanga, Philippines, from its present neglected status to one properly supported by the U.S. Government. 

Clark Veterans Cemetery is the final resting place of 8,600 men and women – both Americans and allied Philippine Scouts – who were involved in conflicts from the early 1900s to World War II.  The 17-acre cemetery lies outside of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, what used to be a military facility, Clark Air Force Base, from 1903 to 1991. It served as a key location for U.S. forces during Korean and Vietnam wars.

According to an AP story back in July, the cemetery relies on retired U.S. soldiers, Marines and sailors who volunteer to keep watch and runs on donations to maintain the grounds. Washington, however, is unwilling to help.The Air Force maintained the cemetery from 1947 to 1991, when Mount Pinatubo’s eruption forced the U.S. to abandon the area. But by 1994, it had become neglected, overwhelmed with weeds, overgrown grass and debris.
Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton Schwartz and his wife visited the grounds on Thursday, along with the former American military base, paying respect to fallen Airmen who have been laid to rest.

AFA supports the efforts carried out by the CVCRA as they work to maintain this cemetery that holds the remains of thousands of individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Its a place of history that commemorates the sacrifices of many individuals. 

Click here for more information about CVCRA >>

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