Guam – The Manenggon Memorial Foundation has announced that the Manenggon Memorial Freedom Run and Mass Celebration will be held July 27.
Runners will retrace the routes that the our people took on their forced march to Manenggon.
In coordination with the various village mayors, the Foundation encourages all survivors and their family members, family members of those who died in any of the camps or sites, and family members of those who survived the camps but have since passed on, friends and the general public to gather at Manenggon. We will commemorate Chaguian, Asinan, Pigo, Fena, Faha, Tinta, As Mateo, Umafit, Mata and Manenggon and all the other camps on Guam where the Chamorro people were forced to march to in those last days of that dark time. We will gather at Manenggon starting at 2:30 p.m to commemorate the day that the Manenggon Camp was liberated.
Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz, Chairperson of the Foundation, said “It is important that we remember the suffering our people endured during the war and teach our children about our unique history so that we can all be reminded of how precious life and freedom truly are.”
Survivors and their families are encouraged to participate by volunteering to be part of the run, or joining the survivors’ walk beginning at 3:00 pm from Ylig Bridge to the Manenggon Memorial Site, or to simply participate in the memorial service that will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Manenggon Memorial Site in Yona. A Memorial Mass will begin at 4:00 pm. Transportation from Ylig Bridge to the site will be available beginning at 2:45 PM for those who cannot join the commemorative walk. During the walk, survivors who cannot physically make the walk but who wish to participate will be provided transportation to join the walk.
For more information please contact the Office of Vice Speaker Cruz at 477-2520/21 or the Office of Sen. Tina Muna Barnes at 472-3455/6.