‘War Survivor Remembrance Day’ proclaimed


Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has proclaimed today, Monday, as “War Survivor Remembrance Day.”

Through a virtual signing event, the governor officially proclaimed June 28th, 2021 as “War Survivor Remembrance Day.”

On December 8, 1941, the island of Guam was attacked in a series of Japanese air raids, resulting in the only occupation of American soil during World War II.

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In addition to forbidding the practice of indigenous cultural traditions, a total of 1,170 CHamoru’s were killed and another 14,721 went through atrocities of war, including beatings, forced labor, torture, and concentration camps.

Then, on July 21, 1944, U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army stormed the shores of Guam and liberated its people.

Now, Public Law 33-56 designates June 28 of each year as “War Survivor Remembrance Day” as a testament to Guam’s “Greatest Generation.”

“Now, therefore I…Governor of Guam, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Organic Act of Guam as amended, do hereby call upon our community to commemorate June 28, 2021, as War Survivor Remembrance Day. In goodness thereof, I Joshua F. Tenorio…Lt. Governor of Guam…cause the great seal of Guam to be fixed in the capitol city of Hagatna on this 28th day of June.”

Despite the hardships that the war survivors faced, they stayed strong and were able to help rebuild the island for today’s generation.

Speaker Therese Terlaje said: “Despite all that, they kept hope, and they kept faith and they taught us very much about how to persevere and to recover. And to be strong and courageous when all odds seemed against you… they rebuilt for us the Guam that we have today, they built that out of many sacrifices. And really, I believe, out of love.”


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Born and raised on the island of Saipan, Don moved to Guam in the Spring of 2016 to pursue higher education at the University of Guam. It was at UOG that Don discovered his passion for keeping his peers politically informed. Prior to joining PNC Don gained professional and life experience through a variety of odd jobs ranging from an administrative assistant to a bouncer to a luxury retail salesman. In his free time, you can find him flying his drone or doing landscape and portrait photography. Don joined the PNC News Team not only to broaden his writing skill but also to challenge himself to get in front of the camera, ultimately furthering his passion to promote an informed and politically engaged Mariånas. Don's beat is Court, Crime, and Regional and is also PNC's Lead Reporter.