Military salutes former Secretary of National Defense and Armed Forces Chief of Staff


A February 10, 2011 press release by the Armed Forces of the Philippines
The late General Angelo T. Reyes, former Secretary of National Defense (SND) and a soldier who also served as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP), is scheduled to be accorded military honors in Emilio F. Aguinaldo, Quezon City starting 10:00 AM Friday, February 11.
It is a military tradition to provide funeral honors to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a ceremonial paying of respect and final demonstration of the country’s gratitude for unselfish service rendered to the nation.
The body of General Reyes will be escorted by the military service from the Arlington Chapel and is expected to arrive at the Saint Ignatius Cathedral, AFP at 10:45 AM. A eulogy by the Harvard Society will be initiated at 5:00 PM.
A necrological service will follow 5:00 PM Saturday, February 12, as the remains will be transferred at sunset to the Canopy area in front of the main General Headquarters (GHQ) building, where a mass will be held at 6:00 PM.
A final mass will be held 8:00 AM Sunday, February 13 at the Canopy, to be immediately followed by the Departure Honors at the GHQ flagpole.
The escort is expected to arrive at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City at 11:00 AM where the late General will be laid to rest. This will be accompanied by a saluting battery of cannons, to offer the traditional 19-gun salute—a military tradition of honoring former Secretaries of National Defense and former Chiefs of Staff—and a Brigade-sized Honor Guard comprised of troops from the General Headquarters, the Philippine Army, the Air Force, and the Navy for the arrival honors. The Philippine Air Force will provide for flower petal drops during the procession before the remains of the late Chief of Staff are to be laid to rest, wherein another 21-gun salute will be heard.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines joins the family of the late Gen. Reyes in mourning for the death of a national leader, indeed one of the finest soldiers to have led the AFP. The AFP shall provide honors to the late Gen. Reyes, an honor befitting a former SND, CSAFP and a soldier,” said General Ricardo A. David Jr., CSAFP.