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Governor honors US heroes on Tinian

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres marked the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian at Veterans Memorial Park on Tinian Monday.

“We have a sacred duty to honor and remember our brave heroes, who have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country, freedom, and everything we stand for,” Torres said in his remarks.

A U.S. Marine Corps color guard participated in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Tinian on June 17 at the island’s Veterans Memorial Park.A U.S. Marine Corps color guard participated in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Tinian on June 17 at the island’s Veterans Memorial Park.

With him were Tinian Mayor Edwin P. Aldan, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, Office of Insular Affairs Director Nik Pula, Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander of the Joint Region Marianas.

The keynote speaker was Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, who said it was a great honor to be on Tinian, adding that he was humbled to be on the same ground where so many Marines and other servicemembers sacrificed their lives 75 years ago.

Tania Marie Mendiola, the event coordinator and an administrative assistant of the CNMI Military and Veterans Affairs Office, said the commemoration on Tinian included the release of seven doves as a symbol of peace.

U.S. military officials pose with CNMI and federal government officials at Tinian’s Veterans Memorial Park.  Contributed photosU.S. military officials pose with CNMI and federal government officials at Tinian’s Veterans Memorial Park. Contributed photos

She commended the hard work and support from the Office of the Governor, the 75th Anniversary of the Battles of Saipan & Tinian Committee, and the Tinian mayor and his staff members.

She also extended her heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all visitors, especially those who come from Guam, including Master Sgt. Eugenio Ramirez, Staff Sgt. John Ewald, Lance Cpl. Ashley Clay and community liaison officer Uriah Perez of Marine Corps Activity Guam.