The first day in Manila is now behind us, but it laid the foundation for the rest of the trip as we toured the diverse city. It was interesting to hear the veterans tell about how much the city had changed since the war, but some landmarks still remained.
After we left the university, we found ourselves walking down the streets, meandering through the people and their shops, in search of the Manila city jail. This jail housed POWs during WWII and was a stopping point for nearly every POW in the Philippines. Through our time in this area, our eyes were opened to the unique culture of Manila.
Our visit to the Manila Memorial Cemetery quickly turned our minds back to those who had given their lives for our freedom. This memorial was a humbling experience for everyone in the group, as several of the veterans had friends whose names were listed among the fallen here. While at the memorial, the College of the Ozarks students laid a wreath in honor of the veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Daniel Mallette and Christianne Martin