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“People of the Philippines: I have returned,” he said, fulfilling a promise he made when he left the strategic island nation. “By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil — soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples.”

Now the United States is sending a different message to the people of Leyte.

“Prepare for two days of fun and an all-American party,” U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. says in an Internet video that has all of the sophistication of a used-car commercial.

Mr. Thomas is promoting “America in 3D,” a traveling road show of U.S. diplomacy and culture that will open in the city of Tacloban, where MacArthur sloshed ashore. The two-day exhibit on the island about 360 miles southeast of Manila will open March 2.

“Bring your family and friends,” Mr. Thomas says in his video. “See you there.”

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