3rd Annual Guam Insular Force Commemoration December 10th

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Guam – Ginen i Hila’ i Maga’taotao Siha Association presents, “Stirs of Echoes,” the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Guam Insular Force Guard of 1941.
The event will take place on December 10, 2011 at the Guam Insular Force Guard Monument on the grounds of the Plaza de España in Hagåtña. The event is scheduled to begin promptly at 4:45 in the morning and should end before 5:30 that morning.

Group President Felix Benavente says that the time of the commemorative event is significant in the group’s effort to maintain authenticity of the actual time that the battle took place between the Guam Insular Force Guard and Japanese troops on the morning of December 10 in 1941.

“People always ask why we do this so early in the morning, but Ginen takes this event very seriously. The brave CHamoru men who fought to defend our people on that morning didn’t have the luxury of sleeping in or taking a break so we feel it is our duty to stick to the time,” says Benavente. “If we decided to change the time just for our convenience, then it would take away from the meaning behind our efforts.”

Benavente says the program will consist of a short presentation from group members and a candle light ceremony with a roll call of the names of the guardsmen.

Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

Those who are descendants of any of the guardsmen who wish to share stories of the battle must contact Selina Onedera-Salas at 487-7415 no later than Wednesday, December 7th.

GROUP TO HOST 3RD ANNUAL COMMEMORATION OF GUAM INSULAR FORCE GUARD OF 1941

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (December 1, 2011– Hagåtña, Guam) – Ginen i Hila’ i Maga’taotao Siha Association presents, “Stirs of Echoes,” the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Guam Insular Force Guard of 1941.


The event will take place on December 10, 2011 at the Guam Insular Force Guard Monument on the grounds of the Plaza de España in Hagåtña. The event is scheduled to begin promptly at 4:45 in the morning and should end before 5:30 that morning.

 

Group President Felix Benavente says that the time of the commemorative event is significant in the group’s effort to maintain authenticity of the actual time that the battle took place between the Guam Insular Force Guard and Japanese troops on the morning of December 10 in 1941.

 

“People always ask why we do this so early in the morning, but Ginen takes this event very seriously. The brave CHamoru men who fought to defend our people on that morning didn’t have the luxury of sleeping in or taking a break so we feel it is our duty to stick to the time,” says Benavente. “If we decided to change the time just for our convenience, then it would take away from the meaning behind our efforts.”

 

Benavente says the program will consist of a short presentation from group members and a candle light ceremony with a roll call of the names of the guardsmen.

 

Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

 

Those who are descendants of any of the guardsmen who wish to share stories of the battle must contact Selina Onedera-Salas at 487-7415 no later than Wednesday, December 7th.