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Guam announces grand marshals for Liberation Day parade

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Roman L.G. Quinata Sr., Francisca Quintanilla Franquez and David De Leon Flores will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s Liberation Day Parade on Sunday.

The announcement was made at a press conference at Adelup on Wednesday morning.

Quinata, who was born in Inarajan on Aug. 9. 1929, is the son of Cayetano and Anna Quinata. He was 12 years old when the Japanese invaded Guam and was forced into hard labor. Quinata escaped when a foreign aircraft distracted his captors. He was part of a group that narrowly escaped death when Japanese soldiers attempted a mass killing by hand grenades and submachine guns. He now resides in Ipan, Talofofo.

Franquez was born to Maria Cruz Quintallia and Ramon Toves Quintanilla in 1920. When the Japanese invaded Guam, she and her sister established a language school for the CHamoru people to learn Japanese. In post-war Guam, she taught CHamoru and was one of the island’s first special education teachers. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the Territorial College of Guam in 1967, she taught at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and worked as a consultant for the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

Flores was born in 1926 in Hagåtña. He is one of the oldest survivors of World War II on Guam still living today. He was 15 years old when the Japanese invaded. Flores was spared almost certain death when a shell from bombarding ships killed three soldiers who were guarding a dugout where Flores and others were being held. A year after the war ended, he married Justa Sablan San Miguel and they settled in Toto and had seven children.

Quinata and Flores were present for the announcement.

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio held a press conference Wednesday to announce the names of the grand marshals selected for the 75th Liberation Day Parade. From left are Lt. Gov. Tenorio, grand marshal Roman L.G. Quinata Sr., grand marshal David De Leon Flores, Gov. Leon Guerrero and Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares.  Photo by David Castro/The Guam Daily PostGuam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio held a press conference Wednesday to announce the names of the grand marshals selected for the 75th Liberation Day Parade. From left are Lt. Gov. Tenorio, grand marshal Roman L.G. Quinata Sr., grand marshal David De Leon Flores, Gov. Leon Guerrero and Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares. Photo by David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

“I was wondering if I deserve to be grand marshal,” Quinata said.

“You do,” replied Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, who was seated next to Quinata during the press conference.

“Thank you for selecting me,” he said.

Flores spoke of his work in the government and thanked his late wife for her support.

Leon Guerrero called the selection of the three grand marshals “excellent.”

“They represent a strong pillar of our community and they have given back a lot to our community,” she said.

World War II liberators Lloyd Glick and Raymond Faulkner, and WWII veteran Gordon Rosengren will also be participating in this year’s parade.