Cancelation of Liberation activities won’t affect village finances

Mayors Council of Guam executive director Angel Sablan (PNC file photo by Allan Balbin)

The most important part of all Liberation Day celebrations in years past have been the memorials that were planned and made possible by the Mayors Council of Guam.

This year, however, the Mayors Council has no planned activities, said MCOG executive director Angel Sablan.

“But all villages that do have their memorials will recognize the day of their memorials with either a Mass or wreath-laying. As we now come upon July 21 and with no formal celebration, it is still a day many of us will take time to remember, reflect and recognize all those that suffered, died, persevered and fought for our liberation during the atrocities on Guam during WWII. This year we quietly memorialize such events in our hearts and in our prayers,” Sablan said.

He added: “COVID-19 is an invisible killer. COVID-19 is our enemy. We are at war with it. It may cause us to pause and not enjoy the celebrations we are used to but we will enjoy another liberation someday … liberation from COVID-19. So as we remember, reflect, and recognize our people for 76 years of peace and freedom, we also pause to remember, reflect, and recognize all those who are working hard to keep us safe, especially all our front-line workers in all the villages.”

According to Sablan, the cancelation of many Liberation activities this year will have no effect on the finances of the MCOG or the various villages.

“The funds raised during the activities of Liberation festivities are actually used to fund the activities during the celebrations. It has no effect on our villages because many of the activities were canceled. Liberation is not operated through government funds,” Sablan said.

He has the following message for the people of Guam during this 76th anniversary of Guam Liberation: “I ask everyone to take a moment to thank God that we still enjoy freedom and peace because of the sacrifices of our people and the U.S. military during WWII. The best celebration of our 76th Liberation Day is appreciating each other, helping each other, and taking care of each other. BIBA Guam! BIBA Liberation!”