Guam – This past weekend, on a rainy and windy day, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio unveiled the Lone Sailor Memorial at Adelup. Joining him was Ret. Rear Admiral Frank Thorp President & CEO of the US Navy Memorial Foundation, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield Commander of the Joint Region Marianas, and Ms. Aileen Utterdyke, President & CEO of Pacific Historic Parks.
Surrounding the memorial is 19 benches, which represents the 19 villages of the island. This is to symbolize the sons and daughters of Guam, who come from all 19 villages and have proudly served their country. The Lone Sailor statue unveiled is the 16th statue of its kind in the world and only the second outside of the continental U.S.
The Lone Sailor statue is symbolic of all past, present, and future men and women of the United States Navy. These statues provide a reminder to active duty, veterans, and civilians that they serve a grateful nation. The majority of the contributions for this memorial came from the Vietnamese Community in Orange County, specifically Garden Grove, California.