The historic Flaming Sword monument was erected to commemorate the courage demonstrated by Filipino and American soldiers who fought against Japanese forces during World War II. The statue sits in a circle of grass in Pilar in Balanga City and depicts a large hand thrusting a sword high in the air.
Most people who visit the Flaming Sword do so as part of a day trip to learn about the Battle of Bataan. Those interested in the history of the area can join a WWII historical landmarks day tour from Manila that combines a visit to the Flaming Sword monument with other historical markers and museums relating to the battle.
Did You Know?
The Battle of Bataan began in January 1942 when the Japanese army invaded Luzon, with Filipino and American forces managing to resist for three months before falling captive.
Located in Pilar, the easiest way to visit the Flaming Sword and other historical monuments in the area is to join a day tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Most tours are led by a guide who can explain many historical facts and anecdotes about the Battle of Bataan.