MEMORIAL SERVICE: COLONEL FRANK QUESADA AT FIL-AM COMMUNITY IN L.A.
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TORONTO, ON, CANADA, FEBRUARY 26, 2008 (PHNO) MESSAGES: Dear Ms. Lee and the Quesada Clan:
We had been informed that His Excellency Amb. Willy C. Gaa has signed a message of condolence to the Quesada clan and which message shall be read during this Saturday's memorial service for the late Col. Frank Quesada. We are providing your e-mail addresses to Consul Gines Gallaga, who has been assigned by Ambassador Gaa to send to you the Philippine Embassy's message of sympathy.
The memorial service is scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., at the Social Hall of the Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), 1740 West Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026. Acting Head of Post and Deputy Consul General Dan R. Espiritu will also deliver in person a message from the Philippine Consulate General. We will request Consul Espiritu to read Ambassador Gaa's message.
Please let us know if a member of the Quesada Family can be present at the memorial service, otherwise we will let one of his fellow veterans make the response on behalf of the Filipino WWII veterans' camaraderie.
Naki-kiramay po uli,
Bobby M. Reyes
Auxiliary Member, American Legion, Manila Post 464, and
Dear Bobby Reyes,
Thanks for informing me about the upcoming Memorial Service scheduled on February 23, 2008 associated with by brother's demise. I have returned to New York and will not be able to attend said ceremony. I spoke with my sister-in-law, Lourdes M. Quesada, a few minutes ago and she is considering of going to LA with my sister, Sonia, who is staying with her in Las Vegas.
In the event that she cannot make it, she will most likely designate my niece, Peachy Crespo, who is a LA resident.
Romulo B. Quesada
From Col. Frank Quesada's wife:
In behalf of the Quesada Family I would like to thank all of you for your kind words of sympathy and condolence. Your support during this time of grief is very much appreciated. We also want to thank you for the memorial service for my late husband scheduled on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. This gesture is so touching and will be greatly remembered by our family. I'd like to be there personally, but my schedule does not allow me. I have to prepare for my trip to Manila to take my beloved husband's remains for burial. There are various paper work I needed to get before my trip.
Due to my inability to come for the memorial service, may I designate my stepdaughter Mrs. Christine Crespo to represent our family. She resides in Burbank, CA.
Thank you again for the honor you are giving my late husband. Please send us anything you think is worth keeping in our family album to remember Col. Francisco B. Quesada, my beloved husband. -Mrs. Lourdes Valt-Martinez Quesada
THE CONDOLENCE LETTER FROM THE PHILIPPINE AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.
AMBASSADOR W. C. GAA AT WW2 MEMORIAL / AT FIL-AM COMMUNITY IN LA
The following is a Press Release from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C./Culled from the MabuhayRadio online <http://www.mabuhayradio.com/content/view/2664/425/>
On 19 February 2008, a day after the 62nd anniversary of the Rescission Act of 1946, Ambassador Willy C. Gaa, together with Filipino WWII veterans and officials from the Philippine Embassy, honored the services and sacrifices of Filipino WWII veterans by laying wreaths at a simple and solemn ceremony at the Bataan-Corregidor marker at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Photo at left - Ambassador Gaa leads Filipino WWII veterans and officials from the Embassy on a wreath laying ceremony at the World
War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Ambassador Gaa acknowledging and honoring the services and sacrifices of Filipino WWII veterans; Photo at right - Ambassador Gaa with Filipino WWII veterans and Embassy officials at the Bataan-Corregidor marker where a simple message was read quoting U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s acknowledgement of the important service and contributions made by Filipino veterans to the U.S. war effort in World War II.
THE LATE FRANK B. QUESADA'S DAUGHTER AT THE FACLA MEMORIAL SERVICE
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In attendance at the memorial service were daughter of the late Frank Quesada, Peachy Quesada Crespo and her husband Boboy, Col. Golez whose daughter was Col. Frank's veteran batchmate, Deputy Consul General Daniel Espiritu who represented Consul General Mary Jo Aragon (LA), Consular Assistant Rhoderick Sierra, Bobby Reyes, Director of FACLA of MEDIABC-LA, MabuhayRadio online and various memebrs of the LA Press.
Peachy (Quesada) Crespo representing the Quesada family
(February 23, 2008)
Social Hall of the FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF LOS ANGELES
On behalf of my step-mother (Mrs. Lourdes Quesada), my twin sister (Margaret), and the rest of the Quesada family, I would like to thank everyone here today for this memorial service being rendered to remember, celebrate, and honor the life of my father, FRANCISCO B. QUESADA.
I know my father, who is up there, is elated and very grateful to the Philippine government, his fellow war veterans and friends for their acknowledgement of his life long passion which is to fight for the rights of his fellow WWII veterans.
If not for his illness and eventual death, he would undoubtedly continue with this passion.
I am sure it is his wish that the torch for this noble cause will be continued to its conclusion with more determination by our government and other sectors who, worked and sacrificed with him to finally get justice for the few living WWII veterans.
All your kind words of sympathy and support are not only a comfort but a source of strength for my family and me in this difficult time. Thank you for this memorial service, we will be eternally grateful.
Christine “Peachy” Crespo
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