LAS VEGAS – In commemoration of Veterans Day, and to honor veterans of all wars, Filipino-American Veterans of Nevada (FAV-NV) is hosting a special “Salute To All Veterans” dinner-and-ball at the Palace Station Ballroom on Friday, November 12 from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.
In a last-minute development, inspirational speaker Dr. Joe Heck, now a Republican Congressman-elect from NV-District 3, confirmed his presence at the event. Dr. Heck is a veteran of Bosnia and Iraq wars. A military doctor, he served at Ground Zero in New york and Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Another resource speaker is John Bright, director of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System of Nevada.
One of the event highlights is the launching and book signing ofÂ “Denial and Restitution by America,” authored by Fil-Am veteran Cmdr. Francisco G. Cedula. The book is a sequel to “Filipino Veterans of WWII- an Endangered Human Specie.” Proceeds of the book will go to the funding of a Memorial Shrine in honor of over 100 Filipinos and American soldiers who died at Km. 134, Barangay Piis, in Lucban, Quezon on December 26, 1941.
Cmdr. Cedula was one of the few lucky soldiers who survived the bloody battle. Since then, it has been his dream to erect a monument to his comradesâ€™ heroic deed in defense of freedom through the publication and sale of his two books.
A 15-minute theatrical presentation ofÂ “Letters to Lily,” penned and directed byÂ Ruth Palileo, will be presented. The play depicts the 60-year struggle of Filipino veterans from the rescission and restitution of war benefits due Filipino World War II veterans.
Ceasar Elpidio, FAV-NV executive director, said that after the play, a Petition Letter in support of Senate Bill 2757 aka “Military Families Act” will be circulated for signature.
A special raffle of door prizes by Charles de Lude and Elmer Belmonte willÂ be conducted.
Entertainment will be provided by The Boyfriends, Sarvi Esquivel, Marlon Multo, Vanessa Bayot, MJ Morrow, and Ambriel Zamora. Philippine folkdances will be rendered by the KALAHI Folkloric Ensemble that will perform a symbolic Igorot dance welcoming warriors home in honor of the veterans in the audience.
The triumvirate ofÂ Loni Andal, Cesar Elpidio and Johnny Posadas will emcee the program.
There will be group photo sessions of all veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, including those who were disabled and recipients of the Purple Heart, with guest dignitaries and major sponsors.
For dinner reservations at $30 per person donation at the dor, contact Ceasar Elpidio at (702) 592-3067; Elmer Belmonte (702) 556-7823; Chuck de Lude (702) 785-1989;Jim Castillo (702) 373-2578; and Hazel mason (702) 526-6292.