Guam War Survivors To Be Honored Next Wednesday

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Guam – The Guam War Survivors Memorial Foundation is partnering with the Archdiocese of Agana and several community groups to host an event on December 8, 2010 entitled “Take My Hand: Remembering How the War Began. Promoting Peace in Our Land.”
The event will honor the significance of December 8 in our island’s history. Every year on this day, thousands gather to pay tribute to Guam’s patron saint Santa Marian Kamalen by attending mass at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. On the morning of December 8, 1941, that mass was interrupted by news that war had reached Guam’s shores.

“Our manåmko’ survived the war because of their faith,” said Sen. Frank F. Blas, Jr., whose office has embarked on a public awareness campaign honoring Guam’s war survivors. “This year, we want to celebrate that faith by allowing them to finish the mass that was interrupted, and to share their memories of how the war began.”

The event will begin with a Remembrance Mass on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica to be celebrated by Archbishop Anthony Apuron. A “Spirit of Inafa’maolek” light breakfast reception will follow at the Cathedral-Basilica Lanai at 8:30 a.m. Then, war survivors will share their memories in a storytelling circle at the Cathedral-Basilica Museum at 9:30 a.m.

The museum features photo collections about the war provided in cooperation with the Notan Museo, National Museum of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica; the National Park Service; the Guam Humanities Council; the Department of Parks & Recreation; the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC); and the Office of Senator Frank F. Blas, Jr. The event is also sponsored by Galaide Group, the Mayor’s Council of Guam, the Japan Club of Guam and the Offices of Senators Frank F. Blas, Jr., Tina Muna-Barnes and Tony Ada.