Vote against  the proposed interior construction of the War Memorial
  • Petitioned San Francisco Planning Department

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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Vote against the proposed interior construction of the War Memorial

    1. Rudy Asercion
    2. Petition by

      Rudy Asercion

      San Francisco, CA

The Veterans’ Building has internal historic spaces that are designed to carry out the rights of our veterans under the Trust Agreement. The spaces and arrangements of hisrorical artifacts in Room 126, the Filipino Veterans’ WWII Memorial on the first floor of the Veterans’ Building have existed since the end of WWII.
The historic room is located less than 100 ft from the stage where the Charter of the United Nation was signed and was designated by the Filipino WWII veterans as the Carlos P. Romulo room in honor of the Filipino General who helped the allied forces in the war effort who was the signatory for the Philippines to the United Nations  Charter when it was founded in 1946 and who  became the President of the UN General Assembly.

The trustees want to change that internal arrangement of the historical space so they can take away Room 126 from our veterans.

Those groups are the rightful beneficiaries of the trust by which the City owns the Veterans’ Building.

Instead of using the spaces for the purpose established by the Trust Agreement, the trustees want to surrender to the Arts Commission and the Opera the rights of our veterans and patriotic groups in the Veterans’ Building. That is not just. The historic layout of the Veterans’ Building has been to allow our veterans to use the Veterans’ Building to provide offices, meeting rooms, and club rooms for our veterans’ and patriotic groups, not for the Arts Commission or the Opera. That is what the Trust Agreement has provided since 1921, and that is the way the spaces in the Veterans’ Building should be used.

For years, we have been organizing a Veterans History Project in the historic Room 126 to honor the sacrifices of Philippine Americans who have served in the United States armed forces by creating a dedicated room to display examples of their history. For years, the trustees have been preventing us from accomplishing those objectives.

If the trustees are permitted to change the interior spaces of the Veterans’ Building, it will destroy the history of the building and end the historical presence of Filipino WWII veterans in the War Memorial building.
Please join me in requesting the Historic Preservation Commission to disapprove the trustees’ proposals.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 11:30am on July 18, 2012

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      We will rally in the steps of City hall at 11:00am before going to the Commission's meeting in Room 104.

    2. Thank you for your expression of goodwill to our veterans.

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 11:30am in Room 104 of the City Hall.

      We will meet on the steps of City Hall at 11:00 AM You are all invited to join us to give 2 minute testimonials. Records show that Filipino WWII veterans historic and continous presence in Room
      126 began on April 23, 1945 and the War Memorial Performing Arts Board of Trustees should not
      be allowed to demolish the Carlos P. Romulo WWII Memorial in Room 126 of the Veterans’ Building unless they first apply for and obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission.

      My best,

      Cdr. Rudy Asercion
      AL Bataan Post 600
      401 Van Ness Ave. Rm 126
      San Francisco, CA 94103
      Tel: 415 724 0641

    3. A taste of Harana

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      Serenading the WWII veterans and their wives

    4. Copy of WAR MEMORIAL TRUST AGREEMENT 1921

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      I am asking that we draft a resolution calling upon the Trustees to meet with the Filipino American community to re-negotiate the preservation of the Carlos P. Romulo Room, the re-allocation of space in the building, resolve temporary relocation issues and that the resolution be sent to the Mayor, Trustee Charlotte Shultz, the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and the War Memorial Commission, and that we formally testify before the Historic Preservation Committee on July 18th to that effect.

    5. HARANA KINGS at the War Memorial

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      Join the Haranistas from the Philippines as they serenade the WWII veterans and their wives with music compositions from the era when they were young.

      This concert performance by FLORANTE in front of surviving WWII veterans is made possible with the collaboration of the men and women who contributed to the war effort and the Filipino American community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

      Enjoy this uniquely personal musical experience and be a witness to a fitting tribute to these aging soldiers before we lose them in history.

    6. Why is the Filipino American WWII Memorial so important?

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      It is the only place in California that has a component drawn from personal testimony, especially in the form of oral or video histories of Filipinos who were involved in World War II and those men and women who contributed to the war effort.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. MG Tony Taguba (ret) Joins Fight to Save FilAm Vets WWII Memorial in SFo

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      "All the very best in arguing for the restoration of the Filipino American WWII memorial. There are no other Filipino American WWII memorial in the San Francisco and Bay Area that can relive the legacy of the courageous and selfless service to country of the veterans. It would greatly benefit San Francisco on the educational and historical values of restoring this memorial for all citizens. It is the
      right thing to do."

    9. July 4 Rally at 11:30 am

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      Please get the word out to join the Filipino American community of the San Francisco Bay Area and meet the 17 surviving Filipino WWII veterans at the War Memorial Veterans Building to support the rally to preserve the Filipino American Veterans WWII Memorial.

    10. Filipino WWII veterans are battling these powerful individuals.

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      The Trustees of the War Memorial Buildingare Charlotte Maillard Shultz (Chair, wife of the former Secretary of State), Major General Michael Myatt (Vice Chair), Wilkes Bashfod, Nancy Bechtle (Warren Hellman's sister), Belva Davis,(KQED) Tom Horn (Publisher of the Bay Area Reporter), Claude Jarman (who played Jodie, in the "Yearling"), Gina Moscone, Paul Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi's husband), James Stafford, and Dede Wilsey.

    11. Carlos P. Romulo erratum

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      CPR was the signatory for the Philippines to the United Nations Charter when it was founded in 1946 and he became President of the United Nations General Assembly 1949–1950

    12. UN Secretary General now a target of the Petition

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      I intially wanted only 100 signatures from the most ardent supporters of our vets who live in the San Francisco Bay Area - where approximately 500K Filipinos reside within a 40 mile radius of the Filipino Veterans WW II Memorial . However a few of our friends brought up the significance of our aging veterans' initiative to honor their comrade BG Carlos P. Romulo by naming Room 126 in the Veterans Building after the signatory for the Philippines to the United Nations Charter and the room's close proximity where the United Nation Charter was signed.

      They want to include the United Nations as a target of the petition as well so we will need more signatures from Filipinos all over the world to compel the UN to tell San Francisco's elite to stop destroying the history of the War Memorial building and throwing Filipino WWII Veterans under the bus - again.

    13. Filipino Veterans War Memorial on FACE BOOK

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      Work in progress for contents.

    14. ROOM 126 Photo now on Face Book

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      The Filipino WWII veterans Living Legacy Project in the War Memorial building - which is the only City property that contains a collection of important Philippine and American historical artifacts and memorabilia starting with the hand painted Philippine flag that Col. Frederick Funston confiscated when he captured General Emilio Aguinaldo in Palanan Isabela in 1901 - to the WWII photo-voice and video recording of the history of the Rescission Act and the life long struggles of the Filipino WWII veterans to gain equal recognition and their dignity and honor restored.

      That continue to this date ...........

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.226692614059434&type=1

    15. Lets preserve the history for the children

      Rudy Asercion
      Petition Organizer

      Filipino World War II veterans deserve to have their courageous feats on record. .With your expression of goodwill we can help ensure that our children and future generations learn of their contributions and sacrifices .

      Please watch the video and encourage everyone in your contact list to sign the Petition to preserve the Filipino Veterans Living Legacy Project at the Veterans War Memorial Building.

    16. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Dennis Solis NEWBURY PARK, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My father was a Navy veteran, and my grand-uncle survived Bataan. I don't want their sacrifices forgotten.

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    • Christopher Bowman SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The amount of space allocated to the American Legion and other veterans services over the years has been reduced by the Board of Trustees to currently 38,000 sq. feet of the Veterans Building. Under current plans, after the building is retrofitted, that space will be reduced even further to 24,000 sq. feet. This is a travesty, and the Board of Trustees need to sit down with the leadership of the War Memorial Commission before the retrofit begins and negotiate in good faith to preserve the existing space allocated to Veterans or even texpand that space to address the needs of our younger Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

      As a retired Major of the USAR and a Vietnam Veteran, I salute all of our Veterans who served honorably and fought in every war since the battle of Lexington to bring life to this Nation and preserve our way of life, and believe that the Veterans Building should remain a living memorial to respect that honored past and to address the current and future needs of San Francisco's thousands of Veterans.

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    • Victor Barrios SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      There should be respect for historical significance and the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.

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    • Tony Inson SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I don't want to see Room 126 removed. It is an important memorial to the Filipino community and Filipino veterans.

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    • Melen McBride MANHATTAN BEACH, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I support preservation of the Trust Agreement. The Living Legacy Project is an important resource for those of us who develop geriatric teaching resources on Filipino WWII veterans, other older Fil-Ams and the Fil-Am community. When Fil-Am students learn about our WWII veterans they are proud to embrace a legacy of honor and commitment and become involved in community servicce projects. To disregard the Trust is to say that the Fil-Am community and our culture are insignificant. On the contrary, our leaders should be doing more!

      On a personal note, I had a cousin who died in WWII, a cousin who served during the VN war, and a nephew who fought in Iraq and is a disabled veteran. I was a pre-schooler during the Japanese Occupation, and my father served the US Armed Forces in a civilian capacity when the Philippines was librated.

      To celebrate 4th of July the Trustees should watch the PBS' "Bataan: An American Experience" about the rescue of 500+ Americans kept in a Cabanatuan camp who survived the death march. The Filipino resistance and the local community helped made the mission a success. The Trustees have the capacity to preserve SF's Promise to the Fil-Am community and the world. They can be a role model.

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