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.
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|
|Yigo||Antonio A. Calvo|
|Yona||Fuisa Aguero Baza|