Guam – Island residents gathered in Yigo this morning to honor the memory of the 45 victims of the Chagui’an massacre.
Wreaths were laid, hymns were sung and flags planted at the site where, 67 years ago, during the battle to liberate the island, 45 Chamorros were beheaded by Japanese soldiers.
A group of Marines, making their way north, came upon the site shortly after the massacre.
But the site was later forgotten, until it was rediscovered 8 years ago by UOG Professor Peter Onadera and his students.
Yigo Mayor Bob Lizama said we are still learning more about what happened at the massacre site, including the fact that a woman was among the 45 men and boys who were killed there.
Friday’s ceremony was the 4th memorial to honor the victims of the Chagui’an massacre site.