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Tinian cadets commemorate 75th anniversary of WWII battles

TINIAN — This island encompasses a huge historical legacy from the Pacific War in the 1940s that still remains in the minds and hearts of many.

This battle holds significance in the history of Tinian and the rest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Tinian became the biggest airport in the world, sheltering the hundreds of B-29 Superfortresses which eventually brought the Japanese to their knees and ended the war for good.

Miniature U.S. and CNMI flags are set up along Broadway.  Tinian Mayor’s Office photoMiniature U.S. and CNMI flags are set up along Broadway. Tinian Mayor’s Office photo

The battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific Campaigns during World War II fought on Saipan from June 15 to July 9, 1944. It lasted for three weeks and 3 days until V Amphibious Corps commanders took interest on the island of Tinian. The Battle of Tinian lasted from July 24 to August 1944 with the results of an American victory.

For the first day of observation, Thursday, June 6, the proclamation of the Battle of Saipan and Tinian was signed by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios in the governor’s conference room at Saipan.

The next event, Wednesday, June 12, the Tinian Mayor’s Office arranged hundreds of miniature U.S. and CNMI flags to line up along the roadway from Broadway all the way down to the Veterans Memorial Park. The two columns of flags can be seen from the Welcome to Tinian sign, stretching down all the way to Memorial Park.

On June 13, 2019, a color guard walks up on a beach decorated with U.S. and CNMI flags with U.S. Marines behind them. From left: Cadet Staff Sgt. William Tudela, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Biton, and Cadet Cpl. John Mark Palilio.  Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photoOn June 13, 2019, a color guard walks up on a beach decorated with U.S. and CNMI flags with U.S. Marines behind them. From left: Cadet Staff Sgt. William Tudela, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Biton, and Cadet Cpl. John Mark Palilio. Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photo

JROTC cadets with a USMC Color Guard Team on June 17, 2019.  Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photoJROTC cadets with a USMC Color Guard Team on June 17, 2019. Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photo

On June 13, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the JROTC cadets led the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Saipan and Tinian which was held at Invasion Beach, also known as Chulu Beach, Tinian. The ceremony started with the JROTC Color Guard team (Cadet Staff Sgt. William Tudela, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Biton (commander), and Cadet Cpl. John Mark Palilio) marched up a pathway that was decorated with small US and CNMI flags, along with two United States Marines behind them. After taps and present arms were carried out, the colors were posted to conclude the brief but honorable ceremony.

The JROTC Stallion Battalion recognized the few cadets that were able to make it to the ceremony: Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Biton, Cadet First Lt. Keyla Borja, Cadet Cpl. Kyle Pabolario, Cadet Second Lt. Dea Patio, Cadet Cpl. Daynee Pascual, Cadet Staff Sgt. Clarence Rodriguez, Cadet Staff Sgt. Kiran Shrestha, Cadet Staff Sgt. William Tudela, Cadet Cpl. John Mark Palilio, Cadet Staff Sgt. Angel Lagunay, Cadet Pvt. Yesha Reyes, Cadet Cpl. Marisa King, and Cadet First Lt. Charlene Danganan.

The Walk of Honor was on Friday, June 14, 2019. Unfortunately, the walk itself was canceled and the lighting of lanterns was moved forward. It was done at the Marina Dock. Due to the extreme gusts of wind, not all of the 75 lanterns were lit. However, the Department of Safety, USMC, Tinian Mayor’s Office, And JROTC were able to put up some into the air.

Cadet 1st Lt. Charlene Danganan holds up a lantern with Police Officer Christopher Masga after it was lit on June 14, 2019.  Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photoCadet 1st Lt. Charlene Danganan holds up a lantern with Police Officer Christopher Masga after it was lit on June 14, 2019. Tinian JROTC Stallion Battalion photo

For the last day (Monday, June 17) of commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Saipan and Tinian, a formal ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Park, Leading the ceremony was Mr. Jose Kiyoshi--USMC Veteran. The USMC Color Guard posted the colors and Ms. Nikita Mendiola comely sang the CNMI hymn. Invocations were said by Lt. Marquis Jones--USMC Chaplin. Afterward, the Honorable Edwin Aldan gave his welcoming remarks and Lt. Gen Craparotta with his keynote address. Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, Mayor Edwin Aldan, RADM Shoshana Chatfield, and Lt. Gen. Craparotta came together to lay the wreath. A moment of silence was given followed by TAPS.  Before Gov. Ralph Torres closed the ceremony, seven doves were released into the sky by the dignitaries (Governor Torres, Mayor Edwin Aldan, Mr. Nik Pula--Officer of Insular Affairs, Commander JRM Shoshana Chatfield, Lt. Gen. Craparotta, Senator Jude Hofschneider, and Councilwoman Thomasa Mendiola). In addition, Peter Paul Camacho said a message of appreciation. Father Rey Rosal gave us warms benediction, putting the ceremony to a close. Food and refreshments were graciously provided. We thank all the dignitaries, USMC, and people who came out today to commemorate with us. Thank you Tinian Mayor’s Office for setting up the flags along Broadway and to Ms. Tania Mendiola for organizing the event.

There is an abundance of history that Saipan and Tinian contain. It is important that we, the citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, know what happened on the very land that we stand on. One needs to appreciate where they have come from to understand why they and their home are what they have become. Educating the youth with such knowledge can make better citizens, not just the people of Tinian and Saipan, but the rest of the world.