Capas National Shrine, Capas

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The Capas National Shrine in Barangay Navy, Capas, Tarlac, Philippines was built by the Philippine government as a memorial to Allied soldiers who died at Camp O'Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March during the Second World War.The site is a focus for commemorations on Araw ng Kagitingan, an annual observance held on 9 April—the anniversary of the surrender of US and Philippine forces to the Imperial Japan in 1942. There is also a memorial to the Czechs who died fighting alongside the Filipinos and US soldiers.DescriptionThe area where the Bataan Death March ended was proclaimed as "Capas National Shrine" by President Corazon Aquino on 7 December 1991. The shrine encompasses 54 hectares of parkland, 35 hectares of which have been planted with rows of trees to represent each of the dead.On 9 April 2003, a 70-metre obelisk and new memorial wall were unveiled on the grounds of the former interment camp. The obelisk is surrounded by a three-segmented, black marble wall engraved with the names of the Filipinos known to have died during the Death March. There are also statistics about the total numbers of prisoners and deaths, together with poems for peace.Nearby, there are three smaller memorials to the countries whose nationals died at the camp: the Philippines, the United States, and the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia). A small museum and monument is also on the site, built by an American group called the "Battling Bastards of Bataan".
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  • We went here to visit the obelisk. Once we arrived there, it's more than just the obelisk. You can feel the sacrifices that the soldiers endured & what they experienced in Death March. When you see yo...  more »
  • Looking back at my heritage and praising local heroes who gave their life for the freedom of others. Hats off!  more »
  • It was just a sidetrip for us. But this sure took us to the past - reminiscing the Bataan March and seeing exactly where it ended. It was an unbelievable sight - the numbers of veterans/soldiers who f...  more »
  • This place is a fitting tribute to the thousands of soldiers who died during the infamous Death March, which ended in Capas. As with other war memorials, the main attraction is a wall with the names of all known casualties. I found out later that my paternal grandfather's brother was one of them. There's plenty of stories to be gleaned from the public exhibits, most of them sobering and moving. The place is kept reasonably tidy but lacks restroom facilities. As of this writing, the admission fee is 20 pesos for locals, 40 pesos for foreigners. I hope they do away with this discriminatory pricing scheme. I took my time and stayed for two hours.
  • Philippine National Heritage. Last drop off of Bataan death march. This place has a sphere like symbolize heroism of the people. Must visit this place.
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  • Peaceful & historic! Thank you comrades!
  • It's really peaceful in here. Try to search a bridge, you'll love to read there.

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