People may think that being honor guards for an important person’s funeral is an easy task, as it only requires being able to stay by the coffin until the body is laid to rest.
Not if you were one of the 4 individuals assigned to Cory Aquino’s internment.
Photo by Omelettes
Pfc. Antonio Cadiente, Airman 2nd Class Gener Laguindam, Petty Officer 3 Edgardo Rodriguez and PO1 Danilo Maalab, each representing the 3 branches of the Philippine Armed Forces (Philippine Navy, Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force) and the Philippine National Police, stood at attention for more than nine hours, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m last Wednesday, as the cortege made its way to Mrs. Aquino’s final destination.
They didn’t move an inch – not to rest their numbing legs, to answer the call of nature nor to nourish themselves with food.
These 4 individuals, along with those who were assigned during the 4-day wake and the transfer from La Salle to Manila Cathedral, will be given fitting honors themselves for their unwavering display of commitment to their duties —
Cortege from La Salle to the Manila Cathedral
Photo by Primalingeri
Wake at La Salle
Photo by Bullit Marquez for AP
— but for them, just being able to fulfill this task was the most important reward they have received.
RIP, John Hughes (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)
My childhood is slowly fading…
This is turning out to be an obit site…
We are currently mourning over death of the Mother of Philippine Democracy…
…but are also rejoining for the gift given to us: Freedom…
…the strength to fight for what is right…
…and most of all, the prayers that we are still able to say.
by Joe Galvez (searched from Google Images)
Salamat Pangulong Corazon Aquino.
from Joval Pantangco’s Facebook Profile
When the final moment does come
Let not my loved ones grieve for long.
Let them comfort each other
And let them know
how much happiness
They brought into my life.
– Mrs. Cory Aquino’s Prayer