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PRESS RELEASES - The 67th Guam Liberation Executive Committee proudly honors the following individuals as they represent the 19 villages in this year's 2011 Parade.  Let us honor them as Manȧmko' and as survivors and let us not forget their sacrifices.   They all have lived through a defining period in Guam's History and they are all a part of Guam's greatest generation.  They are the foundations of our family and our heritage.   

This year the committee has chosen the theme "Our Manȧmko'– Our Legacy".  It is our way of honoring our island's senior citizens who have endured so much.  Like most indigenous cultures, Chamorro elderly are the first teachers for children in the family or clan. Chamorros are taught to respect and honor manȧmko' for their role as teachers, passing and sharing the Chamorro traditions and culture. Respect for them grows as they age for they are responsible for knowing their culture, traditions, genealogy, history, land, secrets, language, crafts, and leading the next generations into the future. They are the link from the past to the future of the Chamorro people and the land.

The following was the criteria in choosing these 19 individuals:

Purpose:  To honor Guam's World War II survivors by showcasing them as the Grand Marshals in the 67th Liberation Day parade. Nineteen (19) WWII survivors will symbolically represent the 19 villages as Grand Marshals.

 Eligibility:

  • Must be a Guam WWII survivor. (Japanese Occupation on Guam December 8th, 1941-July 21st, 1944)
  • Must reside in the respective village.
  • Must not have served as a Grand Marshal in the previous 66 Liberation Day parades and the war survivor must agree to be nominated.

Each Liberation Day, our island community focuses its attention to mark this historic event and remember and honor the courage and sacrifice of those who died so that we might have the many freedoms that we enjoy today.   Please join us on Thursday, July 21st, Liberation Day Parade on Marine Corps Drive beginning at 10:00AM. 

For more information:    Vice Mayor Robert Hofmann, Special Events Committee Chairman.  Tel: 472-6707

Agana Heights Regina M. Reyes
Agat Gonzalo C. Cruz
Asan/Maina Lourdes Cruz Gutierrez
Barrigada Joseph Crisostomo Aguon
Chalan Pago/Ordot Pending Submission
Dededo Gabriel C. Guerrero
Hagatna Ruth San Nicolas Shimizu
Inarajan Ignacio Meno Taimanglo
Mangilao Francisco L. Francisco
Merizo Jose Mata Torres
Mongmong/Toto/Maite Magdelena S.N. Bayani
Piti Antonio C. Quenga
Santa Rita Juan Toves Guzman
Sinajana Emma Quintanilla Aflague
Talofofo Jose Quidachay Materne
Tamuning/Tumon/Harmon Olivia Untalan Arroyo
Umatac Pending Submission
Yigo Antonio A. Calvo
Yona Fuisa Aguero Baza
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