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Tinian officials join Micronesia Repatriation Association of Okinawa in memorial service

TINIAN Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas and other municipal government officials  joined the visiting members of the Micronesia Repatriation   Association of Okinawa in a memorial service at the island’s Banzai Cliff on Wednesday.

Hiroko Tajima, assistant general manager of Pacific Development Inc., which facilitates the group’s annual visit, said the memorial ceremony was “well-attended” by municipal officials and other community members.

Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas and San Jose parish priest Rey Rosal join the members of the Micronesia Repatriation   Association of Okinawa in their memorial ceremony on Tinian.Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas and San Jose parish priest Rey Rosal join the members of the Micronesia Repatriation Association of Okinawa in their memorial ceremony on Tinian.

It was the 41st annual visit of the group to Tinian, she added.

Also participating in the ceremony was San Jose parish priest Fr. Rey Rosal who led the opening prayer.

Isa Zenki, who led the Micronesia  Repatriation  Association’s Okinawa-Tinian Kai group, delivered his memorial address with Seiei Asato, a representative of the bereaved families.

Tinian municipal government officials led by Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas dance with their visitors during a dinner party hosted by the Micronesia Repatriation Association.Tinian municipal government officials led by Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas dance with their visitors during a dinner party hosted by the Micronesia Repatriation Association.

“The group is grateful to the  Marianas Visitors Authority on Tinian for preparing the memorial site,” Tajima said.

The group arrived on Tinian Wednesday morning and met with municipal officials at the  mayor’s office.

On Saipan, they conducted a memorial service at the Okinawa Tower in Marpi on Tuesday.

The Micronesia Repatriation Association with the Tinian municipal government officials.  Contributed photosThe Micronesia Repatriation Association with the Tinian municipal government officials. Contributed photos

On Tinian, Tajima said the Okinawa-Tinian Kai group hosted a dinner party at the Fleming Hotel.

The group, which will leave Saipan on Saturday, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on island next year.