Guam – Tradition holds firm this Memorial Day at War in the Pacific National Historical Park.
Thousands of tiny commemorative flags still beat in the wind at Asan Beach this evening after Saturday’s preparation.
Reporting for Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, Petty Officer Third Class Lucas Hans writes that, “service members and local residents joined forces with the National Park Service to commemorate Memorial Day by honoring service members and civilians who died in the Japanese invasion, occupation and United States liberation of Guam during World War II.”
The group placed 3,055 American and Guam flags on Asan Beach. 1,185 American flags represent service members who died during the invasion. And each of 1,170 Guam flags represents a local resident who died during the campaign.
Asan is one of the beaches where U.S. forces landed in 1944 to liberate the island. Naval Construction Battalion 11, or Sea Bees, devoted over 50 hours during the week leading up to the event to plot points for the flags.
Hundreds of volunteers showed up at the park to help. Park Ranger Rufus Haspalur says it was the largest turnout ever.