Congresswoman Bordallo to Lay Wreath at Arlington

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Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has been laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the anniversary of Guam’s liberation, ever since she arrived in Congress, some 14-years ago.

Guam dignitaries and others gather at Arlington National Cemetery and on Capitol Hill this weekend to mark the 72nd anniversary of the island’s liberation during World War II. 

 

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has been laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the anniversary of Guam’s liberation, ever since she arrived in Congress, some 14-years ago.

And this year will be no different—“The wreath laying is held at Arlington Cemetery, before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It honors the people of Guam, who endured the enemy occupation, as well as the US service members, who fought to liberate our island during World War II,” said Bordallo.

Among dignitaries taking part in the wreath laying and, or receptions: Guam First Lady Christine Calvo, Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao–the highest ranking Guam naval officer–National Guard Chief General Frank Grass, and the 2015 Liberation Queen, Bonita Dydasco.

But Bordallo says the wreath laying is just the first part of a three-day Liberation event in the nation’s capital that includes a Guam Society of America picnic on Saturday. “And then, on Monday…that’s the big day when we have the fiesta…I’m an honorary host with Congressman Sablan, of the Northern Marianas…and a reception is held on Capitol Hill.”

 

Bordallo says some 12-hundred people attended last year’s celebration featuring local dancers, music and food. The Congresswoman says the DC Liberation events showcase Guam and help make lawmakers more sensitive when bills come up that directly affect the island.