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In Memoriam committee prepares for 4th annual event

THE Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council is now preparing for the fourth annual In Memoriam ceremony to honor and memorialize the civilian casualties and victims of World War II on Saipan and the Northern Islands.

At their meeting on Thursday in the conference room of the Office on Aging, the event organizers led by municipal council chairman Luis John Castro agreed to hold the event on Oct. 27, Friday, at 4 p.m. at American Memorial Park.

Starting this week, Castro said they will start an information campaign to reach out to the community through radio talk shows and explain the importance of the event.

“This is the day when we recognize and honor individuals who are not mentioned in the usual historical accounts,” he said.

The organizing committee comprises representatives from the Carolinian Affairs Office, the Indigenous Affairs Office, the Saipan mayor’s office, the Northern Islands mayor’s office, the Veterans Affairs Office, the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council and the Office on Aging.

The In Memoriam committee is headed by Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chairman Luis John Castro and the members are municipal council vice chairman Diego Kaipat, council secretary Antonia Tudela, Carolinian Affairs Office representatives Glenn L. Ruben and Harry Glenn, Geraldine Sebaklim, William Torres, Rebecca S. Limes and municipal council administrator Frances Muna.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Castro said they are still on the planning stage and will continue to accept ideas that will help make this year’s event more meaningful.

In Memoriam will feature traditional cultural rites including chanting and the blowing of the kulu or conch shell, Castro said.

Municipal council adviser William Torres said they will soon hand over the responsibility for the In Memoriam event to the Indigenous Affairs Office and the Carolinian Affairs Office.

“The event has something to do with our local people,” he added.

Torres said they may also enhance and improve the Marianas Monument on which the names of the civilian casualties and other victims of war are inscribed.