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Guam remembers, helps Japan

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo along with Acting Lieutenant Governor Judi Won Pat declared Tuesday an "Islandwide Day of Reflection and Remembrance" in honor of the victims and the families affected by the recent tragedies in Japan. Won Pat announced, "We are your family and friends and that we feel of course your suffering and we ant you to know that we're here to help."

Japan Consul General Yoshiyuki Kimura, who was on hand for the signing, said with the unprecedented suffering in his country he was moved by the island's kindness and compassion. "I really appreciate your warm hearted words and actions."

During the ceremony a check in the amount of $50,000 was presented by First Lady Christine Calvo to the American Red Cross and the Consul General. "This is just the beginning," she said, "there's more to come."

The money was the ongoing government wide effort fundraising effort, and according to Governor Calvo, some came from people who could use a hand themselves. "Some of our island's less fortunate, some of our homeless, walked up from the side of the road and some of these are people we see everyday and they pulled from their pockets the coins that hey had and it may not be much it could be a quarter or fifty cents, but when you see what that is and the circumstance of these people for me it gives me so much confidence on really humanity."

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