The marker was built in honor of the soldiers and guerillas who bravely fought the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier refers to a grave in which the remains of an unidentified soldier are interred. It is dedicated to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war. Such tombs can be found in many nations and are usually high-profile national monuments. Throughout history, many soldiers have died in wars without their remains being identified. Following the First World War, a movement arose to commemorate these soldiers with a single tomb, containing the body of one such unidentified soldier.
The idea of a symbolic tomb of the unknown soldier spread throughout the other countries. In 1921, tombs were unveiled in the United States, Portugal, and Italy. Since then, other nations have followed the practice and installed their own tombs. The tombs typically contain the remains of a dead soldier who is unidentified and sometimes inscribed “known but to God” in their stone.
In the Philippines, some of the famous tombs of the unknown soldier are Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) in Manila, Shrine of Valour in Bataan, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in La Union. These tombs contain the remains of the Philippine soldiers who have joined the military and died in wars and battles.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in La Union
The tomb was built as a recognition to the great courage of the soldiers who fought during the second World War. The marker stands at the junction leading to Poro Point.
How to get to La Union?
From Manila there are various bus lines that offer trips to La Union. Air conditioned buses depart from terminals in Manila which are bound for Ilocos. The destination can either be La Union, Narvacan, Vigan, Laoag, or Abra.
San Fernando City, La Union’s capital, lies 273 km. from Manila. Travel time is about 5 hours by land and 30 minutes by air. Also, it is about an hour’s drive from Baguio City.
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