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Over 100 WWII veterans, family members to visit Saipan and Tinian

OVER 100 World War II veterans from the states, their families and tour personnel are set to visit Saipan and Tinian, according to Pacific Development Inc. managing director Gordon Marciano.

They are scheduled to arrive in groups from March 18 to 21, he said, adding that local historians and guides have been contacted and will help conduct the tours on both islands.

The military veterans and their family members will visit the islands as part of an extended annual Iwo Jima Reunion Tours, Marciano said.

He expressed his gratitude to the Marianas Visitors Authority, the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Historical Preservation Office, the Saipan mayor’s office and the Tinian mayor’s office for ensuring that the sites are ready for the tours.

Marciano pointed out the involvement of Debra Fleming of Tinian for taking care of the military veterans touring the island. “She has been very helpful throughout the years,” he added.

“Some locations are still closed due to the recent Typhoon Yutu, but the group tour conductors are still excited and looking forward to reaching our shores soon,” he said.

“As we build up our 75th anniversary on the community-level to commemorate the Battles of Saipan and Tinian we are expecting additional group tours in June.”

In addition, Marciano said they are expecting a cruise ship to arrive in September whose tour theme is “Legend of the Pacific.” It will visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, sailing close to Iwo Jima, and then head to Guam and Saipan.