Guam – Rooted in tradition and carried on as a reflection of life, Memorial Day is a day in which loved ones visit the graves of their fallen soldier, cleaning grave stones and laying flowers in their memory.
On this day, we honor those who fought to defend our nation, from 1775 to present, making sacrifices for the freedoms we are able to practice today.
While the presentation of wreaths and the playing of taps is associated with Memorial Day, the Guam National Guard started their own tradition to memorialize loved ones.
Borne out of a need for guardsmen and family members to grieve, the Friday before Memorial Day, they held their “Fallen Heroes Ceremony,” a private event for guardsmen and women, veterans and family members.
“The floral tributes bespeak both the beauty and brevity of life and evoke memories of other days. Today, we honor our fallen heroes, Sgt. Christopher Fernandez, Sgt. Gregory Fejeran, Sgt. Sampson Mora, Sgt. Brian Leon Guerrero, Sgt. Eugene Aguon, and Spc. Dwayne Flores, for having given their lives and in paying the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom,” said a Guardsmen.
The memorial was held last Friday at the Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada.