The 75th Anniversary Liberation of Guam Wreath was presented at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, according to Congressman Michael San Nicolas.
The congressman said the Black Tie floral shop from Guam incurred full costs to design and craft “a glorious Guam wreath with Guam hands.”
“It was so deeply meaningful. Siñot Frank Rabon, as a Spiritual Leader of the CHamoru, was the guest of honor presenting the wreath on behalf of our people. A true honor,” San Nicolas said.
Congressman Kilili Sablan joined San Nicolas in their official capacities as members of Congress representing the people of Guam and the Marianas.
The Arlington “Old Guard” defenders of the Tomb played “Taps” in honor of the fallen, but never forgotten, heroes.
“It was powerfully emotional and humbling to have such high CHamoru AND American honors rendered for our people,” San Nicolas said.
For the first time in the history of these ceremonies, San Nicolas said military honors were preceded with CHamoru honors, in a blessing led by guest of honor and master chanter Siñot Rabon.
All in all, San Nicolas said the ceremony was a powerful tribute to a powerful history shared, and the ultimate respect paid.