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Variety donates $1,500 to Field of Heroes commemoration

MARIANAS Variety donated $1,500 to the fourth annual Field of Heroes commemoration on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

The annual event is organized by the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and aims to honor community heroes — veterans, military personnel, first responders, law enforcement officers — for their daily service.

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Marianas Variety publisher  Laila Y. Boyer holds a ceremonial check for $1,500 as she poses for a photo with MV staff members and Tan Siu Lin Foundation and Tan Holdings officers in the MV lobby. The donation is for the “Field of Heroes” event that will take place on Sept. 11 on Saipan. Also in the photo are MV account executive Jeanette L. Sarabia; MV advertising/marketing representative Danielle Riane D. Capalad; Catherine Attao-Toves, Tan Holdings vice president for corporate affairs and human resources; Mel Naputi, Tan Siu Lin Foundation administrative officer; Raymond Zapanta, Tan Siu Lin Foundation assistant manager; and Carline Sablan, Tan Holdings corporate affairs community relations director.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

On Saipan, a Freedom Walk will take place on Sept. 11 from the Garapan Fishing Base to American Memorial Park.

Catherine Attao-Toves, Tan Holdings vice president for corporate affairs and human resources, said they have also partnered with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council this year in serving the community heroes.

The Humanities Council hosted a 17-day Vetoga class, a stress management class through yoga for veterans, first responders and their families.

Vetoga representative Tom Voss conducted classes on Saipan, Tinian, Rota and Guam.

Attao-Toves said the Vetoga class “helped the community understand the seriousness of what it takes to serve the country.”

She noted that many local residents are in military service. “It is such a noble decision to serve and be in those occupations,” she added.

She is inviting members of the community to participate in this year’s Field of Heroes event. “This is an opportunity to honor loved ones who are currently serving and remember those who had served the country but are no longer with us.”

For a $10 donation, Attao-Toves said, a community member can put the name of a person he or she wants to honor on one of the flags that will be displayed for a week.

“The other way people could participate is through purchasing an event shirt for $15,” she added. “It is always nice when people come out and wear the event shirt on the day of the event. It is one way of us coming together and being grateful [for our community heroes].”

On Tinian, the flags will go up from Sept. 2 to 13 while the Freedom Walk and ceremony will take place on Sept. 11.

The flags on Rota will go up on Sept. 7 and it will be displayed for the entire month of September. The Freedom Walk and the ceremony will be held on Sept. 17.

“We want to invite the community to come out and show support and be part of this event so we can also honor our community heroes who helped us after Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu,” Attao-Toves said.