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Guam brings back Liberation Day celebrations

by | Jul 19, 2022 | Guam, History, Military | 0 comments

Over the course of the past two years, the surge of the coronavirus has demanded that community events be put on hold. Now that the infection rates of COVID-19 have lowered, summer activities have started back up.

Guam Liberation Day is celebrated every year on July 21st. The celebration is to commemorate the island’s liberation from the Japanese by the United States. 

The usual month-long festivities have been cut short the last two years due to the coronavirus. However, the island is bringing back some of the annual events for a two-day festivity. This year’s celebration has been given the theme “The Strength to Overcome, the Faith to Persevere!” In celebration of the 78 years of Liberation, various events have been scheduled. Among the scheduled events are the Liberation Parade, Drone Light Show, and Fireworks display. This year’s lineup of activities does not include the coronation of the Liberation queen, or the carnival. 

The first day of the two-day celebrations begins with the Liberation Day parade. The parade is scheduled to be on July 21 and will even be broadcasted live by channel 12 TV. When the first day comes to an end, the night will be closed with festive fireworks and a drone light show.

Excited for Liberation Day festivities? Listed below are past and planned events on the island. Get ready to celebrate the 78th Liberation Day.  

Schedule

HAGÅTÑA • Guam War Claims (Guam Museum)
Date: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Applications accepted up to April 2023)
More info:  https://doa.guam.gov/guam-war-claims-2/
Location: Guam Museum

YONA • Manenggon Memorial (updated)
Date: July 3, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00 am Ceremony
Location: Manenggon Memorial

YONA • Asinan Memorial (updated)
Date: July 3, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Pago Bay Bridge

M-T-M • Marine Depot
Date: July 7, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Maite, (across Car’s Plus)

Barrigada • Kålaguak Memorial
Date: July 8, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Tiyan, Barrigada

Mangilao • Mangilao Memorial
Date: July 12, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Mangilao Mayor’s Office

Inalahan • Inalahan Memorial
Date: July 13, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00 am (Signing of building plans & unveiling artist rendering)
Location: Agfayan (across Bear Rock)

Asan • Asan Memorial Landing
Date: July 14, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Asan Memorial Beach Park

Malesso • Tinta and Faha Memorial
Date: July 15, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Site Visitation 

Malesso • Tinta and Faha Memorial Mass
Date: July 16, 2022 (Saturday) 4:30 pm Rosary
Time: 5:00 pm Mass
Location: San Dimas/Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
6 pm Memorial Ceremony

Hågat • Hågat Memorial 
Date: July 19, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:30 am Ceremony will commence
Location: Next to the Hagat Senior Center
(Site visit to Fena at 8:30 am-9:00 am)

Sånta Rita-Sumay • Sumay Memorial (Limited due to security)
Date: July 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Naval Base Cemetery

Yigo • Chagui’an Massacre
Date: August 8, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Yigo

2-Day Festivities July 21 and 22

Thursday, July 21, 2022
78th Liberation Parade, Marine Corps Drive
PBS Live Broadcast of the Liberation Parade, TV Channel 12
Liberation Drone Light Show and Fireworks Display, Paseo, Hagåtña

Friday, July 22, 2022
Special Liberation Fandanña Friday Event, Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach)
Entertainment, Food Trucks, & Family Activities
Liberation Freedom Jump (US and Guam Flags)
Drone Light Show & Fireworks Display

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