Minister Noel Fernandez (centre) prepares to lay a wreath in honor of Filipino UN peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives to preserve peace in troubled countries
The Philippine Embassy in London rece
ntly participated in a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the International Day of the United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers.
The event was held last May 29 at the World War II Memorial along Whitehall Avenue where the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Prime Minister’s Office are located.
“The Philippines is an important contributor in UN peacekeeping operations and considers this as its responsibility as a Member State of the United Nations,” remarked Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Enrique A. Manalo.
Joining senior diplomats and defense attachés from other diplomatic missions in London, Minister Francisco Noel Fernandez III of the Philippine Embassy in London laid a wreath at the base of the Memorial to honor the Filipino soldiers and policemen who laid down their lives in the service of the UN as peacekeepers.
The Embassy’s welfare Officer, Mr. Mamerto Mercado III, was likewise present.
The event was led by Baroness Boothroyd, with the Royal Artillery Band providing the Last Post and Reveille in this solemn celebration. END