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Japan group holds 33rd annual memorial service on Saipan

THE Shikogakuen Mission group from Japan visited Saipan to honor those who have perished during World War II and to pray for world peace.

The 31 members of the mission held their 33rd annual memorial service and peace ceremony on Saturday at the Shikogakuen Peace Memorial at Banzai Cliff.

Pacific Development Incorporated managing director Gordon Marciano said 33 years ago, “then-Marianas Visitors Bureau Managing Director JM Guerrero, MVB field operations manager Felix Mangarero Sablan, and former PDI president Yoichi Matsumura supported the construction of the Shikogakuen Peace Memorial Monument.”

Shiro Yamamoto and Tadao Sugiyama of the Shikogakuen mission group paid a courtesy visit to the governor’s office with PDI managing director Gordon Marciano. Also in photo are Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios, Chief of Staff Angel Demapan, and PDI staffers.Shiro Yamamoto and Tadao Sugiyama of the Shikogakuen mission group paid a courtesy visit to the governor’s office with PDI managing director Gordon Marciano. Also in photo are Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios, Chief of Staff Angel Demapan, and PDI staffers.

For the past 33 years, approximately 4,000 members of the Shikogakuen group have visited the island and prayed at the monument, Marciano said.

This year, the group also paid courtesy visits to the governor’s office, the Saipan mayor’s office, and the Marianas Visitors Authority office.

At Banzai Cliff on Saturday, the Reverend Masakazu Kawakami led the memorial service and peace ceremony.

The Shikogakuen group from Japan holds its 33rd annual memorial service at Banzai Cliff in Marpi.  PDI photoThe Shikogakuen group from Japan holds its 33rd annual memorial service at Banzai Cliff in Marpi. PDI photo

“We have established our monument here,” he said, “and conducted our memorial services over the years to pray for world peace, and for all the Americans, Japanese soldiers, and civilians who suffered and perished during the war.”

Also participating in the memorial service and peace ceremony were Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios and Saipan Mayor David Apatang.