Governor encourages residents to commemorate Guam Liberation in their own way

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Because of social distancing restrictions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero earlier this month had to make a virtual proclamation of July 2020 as a time to reflect and recognize our island’s history.

During the virtual proclamation, the Governor encouraged island residents to remember and celebrate in their own way. Today…she re-emphasized this message as the island commemorates Liberation Day.

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“For this Liberation celebration, let us remember and recognize those we lost. Those who survived and the servicemen and women who continue to protect our freedom. Biba Liberasyon and God Bless Guam,” the governor said.

Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio also said the following message: “In Liberation of years past, we would celebrate with the annual liberation day parade and carnival festivities. However, a global pandemic has changed all of our plans but while we can’t participate with the usual fanfare, we need to remind ourselves that honoring our manamko means keeping them safe from this virus. We need to protect them just like they protected us.”

In keeping with the current restrictions, the Governor and Lt. Governor also attended a small gathering of government and military officials for a wreath-laying ceremony at the War in the Pacific Memorial in Asan.

The memorial recognizes those whose lives were affected by the Japanese Occupation. On the walls are the names of those who fought, suffered, and made the ultimate sacrifice during the War.