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Road closing at 7am Sunday for parade

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - With Guam planning to commemorate the island's 69th anniversary of the liberation of the island, the weekend ahead will be filled with reflection, celebration and fireworks. After a week filled with memorials to honor the lives lost during World War II and the survivors of the Japanese occupation, you can expect the streets of Hagatna to start filling up as early as tomorrow morning.

Sinjana mayor Robert Hoffman said, "Then all the campers start camping out at 8 o'clock in the morning and then in the evening we have the Queen's Mass at Agana Cathedral at 6 o'clock and then followed by the Queens Dinner at Government House."

The Queen's Dinner will honor this year's grand marshal, former mayor of Merizo and survivor of the Japanese occupation Buck Cruz as well as celebrate his 86th birthday. From there expect some fireworks. "As a treat to the campers Perez Brothers Show Pro Pyrotechnics and Jazz Media was very generous in having a five minute fireworks show a liberation teaser they said so they are pulling out all the stops down there," he said.

The fireworks preshow will light the night sky at 8:30pm over Hagatna. The let freedom ring fireworks show however will shoot off from the Liberation Carnival grounds starting at nine pm on liberation evening. The big party however is the annual parade on Sunday.

Hoffman said, "The parade will start leaving the launch site about the marcher and the groups will leave about 915 so that by the time they get to the grand stand it will be 10 so we will start on time as part of the start of kicking off the celebration we actually have a jumper a parade jumper who will be jumping on behalf of the fallen soldiers."

The National Guard will be leading off the procession of 13 village floats, while the parade is schedule to kick off at 10am. Parade goers are reminded that roads will be closed at 7 am as you enjoy the festivities Mayor Hoffman reminds the public to be safe keep hydrated and celebrate responsibly. 

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