VIDEO: Reflections on the “Uncle Sam” Song

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Guam – The “Uncle Sam” song is a stable of liberation celebrations.                                                                                       
It was written by the late Pedro T. Rosario soon after the July 21st liberation.  
In a posting on his FaceBook page Governor Eddie Calvo reflects on the meaning of the song. He writes that it mocks the occupiers and  it tells the story of the courage and hope of the Chamorro people.
                                                                                     
“Tun Pete made this lively song in the hopes that somehow, Uncle Sam could hear the beautiful prayer of the Chamorro people singing their invitation, “Won’t you please come back to Guam?”
                                                                                     
And the Governor writes that the song “symbolizes something about our Greatest Generation. They could have made life easier for themselves by fully surrendering their allegiance to the Imperial Army. But they didn’t. By and large, Chamorros chose to remain fiercely loyal to America.”
                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
​Link to “Uncle Sam” song on YouTube:​   http://youtu.be/NKT7-3-Z9CQ?list=UU3hruNAobypwR04-I7KQRQw
                                                                                     
READ the Governor’s reflections on the Uncle Sam” song below:
                                                                                     
Buenas fellow Guamanians, 
                                                                                                     
I reflect on our Liberation in a way I’m sure many of you do as well. I remember what my grandparents told me and I’m still in awe about the whole, unimaginable struggle and triumph of Guam.
                                                                                                     
On this Liberation eve, Governor Calvo shared the “Uncle Sam” song on his Facebook page, Eddie Baza Calvo. He wrote a nice note as well with the post. Just thought I’d share it here. I copied and pasted the note below. The YouTube link to the “Uncle Sam” song video montage on the Governor’s YouTube channel also should appear:
                                                                                                     
The Governor’s Facebook post:I believe prayer is magnified by song. The late Pedro T. Rosario was the Commissioner of Barrigada from 1969 to 1977. His granddaughter, Angie Diaz, is one of our young stars over at the Department of Administration. She recently joined the HR office. Angie’s grandpa wrote a song during World War II we fondly grew up knowing as the “Uncle Sam” song.
                                                                                                     
This is a special story of the courage and hope of the Chamorro people, and our intense connection with America. Tun Pete made this lively song in the hopes that somehow Uncle Sam could hear the beautiful prayer of the Chamorro people singing their invitation, “Won’t you please come back to Guam?”
                                                                                                     
The song mocked the occupiers. It symbolizes something about our Greatest Generation. They could have made life easier for themselves by fully surrendering their allegiance to the Imperial Army. But they didn’t. By and large, Chamorros chose to remain fiercely loyal to America.
                                                                                                     
They sang and hummed this song throughout the occupation. Their hands, feet, and bodies were slaves to brutal forces. But their spirits and their hearts were as free as their conscience. Thousands of our ancestors paid the ultimate sacrifice because of that unwavering patriotism. And thousands of Marines and soldiers lost their lives on our shores when Uncle Sam did come back.
                                                                                                     
Banidosu yu na Chamorro. Biba Guam. Biba America.  God protect our isle’ of Guam.