In honor and commemoration of our island’s World War II survivors, a proclamation signing ceremony was held at Adelup for War Survivors Memorial Day.
Hearts full of gratitude filled the room, and tears gave way as they gave honor to our war survivors who are still living among us today. The proclamation is dedicated to the survivors of the Japanese occupation of Guam between Dec. 8, 1941 to Aug. 10, 1944.
At the proclamation signing ceremony were Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, and Senators Amanda Shelton, Clynt Ridgell, and Kelly Marsh Taitano.
In holding the proclamation, the governor said GovGuam is recognizing the island’s World War II survivors and taking this opportunity to honor them and memorialize their bravery and their courage.
Guam’s war survivors suffered countless atrocities of war including beatings, torture, and forced marches to concentration camps. Having experienced this at such a young age, one of the survivors tells her courageous story.
Friday, June 28, is War Survivors Remembrance Day, honoring and recognizing the people who lived and endured through one of the most tragic and difficult times in our island’s history, and to honor the memory of those whose lives have been sacrificed.
On Friday, the War Survivors Memorial Exhibit, entitled Guam’s Wall of Strength: Names Never Forgotten, will be open to the public and displayed at the Guam Congress Building lobby starting at 11 a.m.