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Marine recruits, Manta Ray, Ayuyu cadets clean up Mt. Carmel Cemetery

(Press Release) —  On Oct. 13, 2018, Saipan Southern High School’s Manta Ray Battalion gathered at the Mount Carmel Cemetery along with Kagman High School’s Ayuyu Battalion and the Marine Corps’ new recruits to do a formal cleanup.

A total of 130 cadets attended the early morning activity. The Manta Ray Battalion led by its commander, C/LTC Nicole Malasarte under the supervision of their Senior Army Instructor, CSM Richard S. Basa, spruced up the north side of the cemetery.

The Manta Ray Battalion, the Ayuyu Battalion and the Marine Corps together at the altar after the cemetery cleanup.  Contributed photoThe Manta Ray Battalion, the Ayuyu Battalion and the Marine Corps together at the altar after the cemetery cleanup. Contributed photo

More than 200 bags of trash, debris, worn-out flowers and candles were acquired in less than four hours. Community volunteer Max Aguon also took part in the cemetery cleanup providing transportation to take out the bags of trash. The purpose of the cleanup was to prepare for the upcoming observance of All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day.

“As a community, we should better ourselves by showing respect to those who have been buried. Trash should be properly disposed to where it should be. As cadets, or leaders, we demonstrate dedication to citizenship, knowledge of civic responsibilities and self-discipline. We encourage others to participate in such cleanups that will benefit a community.”