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Event honors those who lived through Guam's Japanese occupation

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An upcoming event honors and remembers the lives of family members who endured the Japanese occupation of Guam during World War II. "We wanted to do something kind of different to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of the island. And we have this beautiful memorial wall at the Asan Bay overlook, where some people on Guam have said, 'Oh, I didn't know that this was up here?', so we wanted to do kind of something different and highlight the memorial area and that's what Asan Bay Overlook is," explained park ranger Kina Lewis.

War in the Pacific National Historical Park will be hosting the "Each Name A Life" Memorial Vigil will take place on Friday, December 7th at 5:30pm, at the Asan Bay Overlook in Nimitz Hill. Lewis continued, "We wanted to bring to life the names on that wall. People go there and they don't really know them, there's no real connection, but when you bring those names to life, people make those personal connections. If they have shared something similar with this person, it just helps to make those kinds of connections."

By doing so, Lewis says it allows us to preserve our history for generations to come.  She is doing a call out, inviting the public to come and participate by sharing stories of loved ones who died or suffered as a result of the Japanese occupation of Guam during World War II.

"It can be a firsthand account, a person themselves who went through the occupation or a second hand account you might have heard from your grandparents or aunt or uncle, we want to hear those stories, we want to bring them to light but highlight their experience," she stated.  For more information, you can call #333-4055 or 788-9722.

"If you don't have a story, come and listen. Listen to what these other people have to say and learn about this part of our history," she said, encouragingly.

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