Liberation Statement from DOI Asst. Sec. Kia’aina: We Honor the Sacrifice of American Forces and the People of Guam

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Washington, D.C. – The Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther P. Kia‘aina issued the following statement commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam:
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
“As we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam, another year has passed in which we remember and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those American forces who landed on Guam’s shores to restore freedom to the people of Guam and the lives lost in that quest.”
                                                                                                       
“We also remember and honor the resiliency of the people of Guam who not only endured the years and suffering of the occupation, but remain steadfast and vibrant as a people for whom the memories and experiences of the survivors and those who perished will never be forgotten.”
                                                                                                       
“Commemorations such as these afford us the opportunity to reflect on the past, remember and learn from the experience, celebrate life today, and plan for a sustainable future. During this time, let us also not forget the lessons learned about valor, humanity, peace, and forgiveness.”