Thousands of former volunteers, who helped build this free port from an abandoned military base, are expected to gather in Subic on November 24 to celebrate the 19th year after the United States military officially withdrew its forces from the former Subic Naval Base.
It was on November 24, 1992 that the general-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood sailed out of Subic Bay with the last contingent of American sailors, almost a year after the Philippine Senate rejected the RP-US Military Bases Agreement.
The commemoration will focus on thanking those who have sacrificed and rendered unselfish service to help Subic bounce back from the bases pullout.
From the early volunteer days, the Subic Bay Freeport has gone a long, long way and became one of the fastest growing economic areas in the country.
The November 24 celebration will be highlighted by the reunion of Subic volunteers at the Volunteers’ Shrine, where a traditional thanksgiving program will be held in the afternoon. Thanksgiving mass will be held in the morning followed by wreath laying at the volunteers monument in front of B-229