Restoration works ongoing at Clark Cemetery

Thursday / January 20, 2011


CLARK FREEPORT - Global Gateway Logistics City and Peregrine Development International said Friday that restoration works are now ongoing at the Clark Cemetery.


GGLC president Dennis L. Wright said they have provided for the construction of a new perimeter fence for the cemetery.


According to Wright, construction is almost complete but the restoration of the cemetery would need a lot of support from different sectors, to make the vision of this campaign possible.


"We would like to be able to witness the transfer of the forgotten Clark Veterans Cemetery to its proper administration by the National Cemetery Administration, American Battle Monuments Commission and concerned government agencies," Wright said.


In addition, Wright said the restoration of the cemetery is to honor the veterans, both Americans and Filipinos, who are interred there. "We want to achieve national recognition and federal support for the cemetery," the GGLC president said.


The other day, Vietnam War hero retired Sergeant Major Frederick Edward Smith, who dies last January 12 at the age of 68, was interred there.


His burial was considered as the "biggest" the Clark Cemetery has ever had.


"The ongoing restoration campaign is something that Surgeant Major Smith would be proud to know. His passing has helped to address the needs of the cemetery," Wright said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 21, 2011.


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