Virtual proclamation held for Guam Liberation Month

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July 21st is a time for commemoration where people come together to reflect on the atrocities the island's people experienced during World War II and to celebrate the end of the Japanese occupation. Because in-person celebrations can't be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor proclaimed July 2020 as a month to reflect and recognize our island's history.

Because of social distancing restrictions, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is encouraging residents to celebrate Liberation Day in their own way.

July 21st is a time for commemoration where people come together to reflect on the atrocities the island’s people experienced during World War II and to celebrate the end of the Japanese occupation.

Because in-person celebrations can’t be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor proclaimed July 2020 as a month to reflect and recognize our island’s history.

She says this can be done by hearing the stories of manamko’, putting up a Guam or American flag, or thanking a service member.

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“70 years and we are at war again. We are battling a very different enemy, an invisible one. COVID-19 is a threat to each of us, but our manamko’ are our most vulnerable. For that reason, we cannot celebrate the way we are used to,” the governor said.

Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares, the president of the Mayors’ Council of Guam, said: “On behalf of our Mayors Council of Guam, we still want to reflect on the different memorials we have throughout our island. We want to share and continue to pray that one day, this year, we will be able to come together and continue to reflect on the different atrocities that our island, our manamko’ have faced. 76 years is a long time and our stories continue to be told.”

For those planning to host a Liberation Day event with their family and friends, the governor advises them to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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Amanda Dedicatoria
Amanda is a reporter at the Pacific News Center and writes about issues concerning the military, environment, and education. She has a background in journalism that spans from her time as a VIBE intern for the Pacific Daily News and the editor-in-chief of Triton’s Call. As a college student, she studied journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Guam. She also has experience in photography as well as documentary work and strives to make sure that her stories are fair and engaging. When she isn’t on the job, she’s usually at the gym, playing video games, or baking a batch of cookies.