(Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 gives military honor to World War II veteran Pvt Ciriaco Ibañez Garcellano who dies at the age of 94. Photo: MBLT3)

A 96-year-old World War II veteran who recently passed away in Roxas was accorded honors by the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3).

Private Ciriaco I. Garcellano, who fought in WW2, was given by the MBLT-3 headed by Lt. Col. Ramil Holgado a 21-gun salute.

“Kasama si Pvt. Garcellano sa mga heroes natin noong World War II na binigyan natin ng military honors. Gawad parangal ito dahil sa kanyang contribution and service during the war,” Holgado said.

Born on May 4, 1926, Garcellano fought the Japanese under the leadership of Dr. Higinio Mendoza. He was part of the surprise raid that was conducted in an area south of Puerto Princesa City against 300 Japanese soldiers in April 1945.

That day, 52 of the enemies were killed by the Filipino forces where Garcellano was part of.

During the 3rd “A Salute to Valor: Palawan Liberation” in 2018, Garcellano was awarded in recognition of his contributions in guarding Palawan against the enemies and in exposing plots, collaborators and spies.

“Memorial Day is all about celebrating the lives of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Their lives are remembered, honored, and celebrated by all of us, including the friends, family, and fellow service members who knew them best,” a statement from the MBLT-2 said.