Keeping the Promise: Philippine Liberation’s 70th Anniversary
Norfolk, VA – In early 1942 it was clear that the Philippines was doomed. With no relief in sight and with his forces trapped on Corregidor and the Bataan Peninsula, General Douglas MacArthur was ordered to leave the Philippines. Arriving in Australia, he made a public promise to return and liberate the Philippines. Two years later, with the support of President Franklin Roosevelt, this pledge was fulfilled in what would be the largest campaign of the Pacific War.
2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of this campaign to liberate the Philippines. The MacArthur Memorial is commemorating this important anniversary with a 5,000 square foot temporary exhibit entitled: KEEPING THE PROMISE. This special exhibit explores the liberation of the Philippines through unique artifacts and documents from U.S, Filipino, and Japanese sources.