Guam’s Fallen Hero’s to Be Honored MONDAY With “I Milåyan i Mås Takhilo’ na Sakrifisiu”

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Guam – I Liheslaturan Guåhan will be in Session Monday, February 25, to conduct the second in a series of ceremonies that honors our fallen heroes of U.S. involved conflicts and wars dating back to World War II.

Thousands of men and women from Guam have served in the U.S. armed forces in defense of our nation and island – some, paying the ultimate sacrifice      and never returning home to their loved ones. In honor of these fallen soldiers who lost lives in battle, whether from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currently, the Speaker’s office has recorded 158 fallen service members that are eligible for this recognition. Speaker Won Pat extends an invitation to members of the public and families to share names of persons who have not been recognized.

Public Law 30-193 authored by Senator Vicente (ben) Cabrera Pangelinan, Speaker Won Pat and Senator Tina Muna Barnes mandated the designation of  I Milåyan i Mås Takhilo’ na Sakrifisiu (the Medal of the Ultimate Sacrifice) to family members of Guamanian service members killed in action.

Due to space limitations in the Session Hall and to accommodate as many family members, the presentation ceremonies have been scheduled to take place quarterly. The first presentation was held late last year to over 35 families.

The second I Milåyan i Mås Takhilo’ NaSakrifisiu presentation ceremony is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 25, 2013, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. It will take place in the Session Hall of the Guam Legislature Building in Hagåtña. The event is considered an official State Function and the Legislature will be in Session. The attire for the event is coat and tie.