A Year Ago Today I Was in the Philippines


The older I get the faster time flies. Thanks to Facebook I am often reminded of the milestones I’ve hit or trips I’ve taken that I sometimes forget. And, while there is no way I would forget my wonderful trip to the Philippines with World Vision USA last year to report on the one year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, I certainly forgot that it was this time last year that I was half way around the world visiting one of the countries I cannot wait to visit again.

One sunny, hot day when my fellow writers and I were on our way to a World Vision site visit our van rounded a curb and all we could see in front of us was the vast, beautiful blue ocean and we begged to get out to take photos. Little did we know that where we stopped was the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park on Leyte Island. The statue commemorates the naval campaign that liberated the Philippines from the Japanese during WWII.

It was interesting to see this statue situated on Leyte Gulf seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It also made me proud to be an American. To see a memorial dedicated to MacArthur filled me with pride that as a nation we have tried to do our best to help those in need, especially during the second World War.

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MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
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MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park

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