by Krystal Paco
Guam - The annual Manenggon memorial service will be held this weekend. Every year a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the site of the former concentration camp in Yona. During World War II thousands of Chamorros were forced to march there, some even died along the way.
Some were also told to get into a ditch where they were shot and killed by Japanese enemy forces. Senator Tina Muna Barnes said, "As we celebrate the 67th year of our liberation from the Japanese occupation, we are reminded of what our elders had gone through and their struggles of what they had to go through and their survival and recognizing those that are here today. And they're still alive."
Saturday's ceremonies start at 3:30pm with a wreath-laying and reflection period followed by a memorial mass at four o'clock led by Archbishop Anthony Apuron.