Despite COVID-19, Guam Liberation still commemorated

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In Santa Rita, the graves of the Sumay cemetery were blessed by the chaplain of the Naval Base Guam to honor those who passed away during the war. (US Navy photo)

Despite COVID-19, Liberation Day was still commemorated and reflected upon around the island.

The Agana Heights Mayor honored their war survivors by decorating their stage and gifting them with Guam flag facemasks, gloves, and other items.

In Santa Rita, the graves of the Sumay cemetery was blessed by the chaplain of the Naval Base Guam to honor those who passed away during the war.

With these commemorations in mind, honoring these places on the island marked by the war — and making sure that these stories are passed on — made up the core of commemorating Liberation Day this year.

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War survivor Joseph Mafnas said: “To pass it onto the younger generation is good to remember how folks were hidden here and how they survived and how the other people were used to do labor work for the Japanese.”

Barrigada Mayor June Blas said the sacrifices that the war generation made and the stories need to be told from the next generation to come.

“It’s a time for reflection and remembering those who suffered and passed in this area,” Blas said.

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