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Tinian commemorates 75th anniversary of WWII battles

THE Tinian municipal government joined the rest of the CNMI in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian last week.

CNMI Military/Veterans Affairs administrative assistant and event coordinator Tania Marie Mendiola said the event started on June 6 with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ signing of a proclamation.

A week later, June 12, on Tinian, she said they placed miniature U.S. and CNMI flags along the pathway from Broadway to Veterans Memorial Park.

On Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, they paid tribute to the nation’s servicemembers who lost their lives during World War II at Invasion Beach or Chulu Beach, the Walk of Honor and Veterans Memorial Park.

Mendiola said Tinian community members assisted in placing 2,000 flags from the Tinian airport all the way to Broadway, Natibu Park and Veterans Memorial Park.

Junior/Senior High School JROTC cadets join Marines at Invasion Beach on Tinian in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian.  Junior/Senior High School JROTC cadets join Marines at Invasion Beach on Tinian in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian.

The Walk of Honor was concluded with the release of 75 paper lanterns at 6 p.m. at Natibu Park.

At Invasion Beach, 12 cadets with the Tinian Junior/Senior High School JROTC program joined U.S Marine Corps Master Sgt. Eugenio Ramirez, Lance Cpl. Ashley Clay and Uriah Perez, community liaison officer, Marine Corps Activity-Guam.

“With the members of the USMC following behind the TJSHS cadets, the Marine Corps’ flag flying with the wind, and the feel of goosebumps as Taps played, we honored those who have sacrificed their lives during WWII,” Mendiola said.

Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan, other island officials and community members participated in these events.

Mayor Edwin Aldan with the Tinian Junior/Senior High School JROTC cadets, U.S. Marines, and community members pose for a photo at Invasion Beach.  Contributed photosMayor Edwin Aldan with the Tinian Junior/Senior High School JROTC cadets, U.S. Marines, and community members pose for a photo at Invasion Beach. Contributed photos

Mendiola said the mayor expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all who have helped ensure the success of this year’s commemoration activities.

“He is also forever deeply grateful to all those who have sacrificed their lives during the Battle of Tinian. They will always have a place in the hearts of the Tinian people,” Mendiola said.

She added that the organizing committee, for its part, is very grateful to the TJSHS-JROTC, the USMC, Mayor Aldan and his staff for their hard work and dedication.

“The overall assessment of this tribute was very heartfelt and touching,” Mendiola said. “ It was a surreal moment as we watched the Marines of today march up behind the TJSHS JROTC. It seemed like we watching a reenactment of the invasion.”

Today, Monday, June 17, she said they will hold another formal ceremony starting at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park on Tinian.