Eight months from now, the Northern Marianas will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day in the Pacific.
The Commemoration Committee for the 70th Anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian will be holding a weeklong celebration of peace on June 10-16 on both islands of Saipan and Tinian with the theme “Reunion of Honor.”
Coinciding with this slate of weeklong activities, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council will be having a history conference where academicians and historians will give presentations on the theme, “Cultures in War: Combatants, Islanders and Settlers in the Pacific War (WWII) and After.”
The celebration will culminate on June 15, 2014, the 70th year of the invasion of Saipan.
An ecumenical service will kick off the celebration, to be followed by a parade that will include visiting American and Japanese veterans and their families.
At the American Memorial Park’s Court of Honor, the committee will be holding a recognition ceremony honoring the veterans and their families.
Moreover, there will be a “fireside chat” with the veterans that will allow the younger generation to get to hear their personal accounts of the war and their stories of survival and hope.
Local families will also be afforded the opportunity to get to know them more through the Adopt-A-Vet program.
For those interested to take part in this historic occasion, the Military History Tours and Valor Tours have prepared their calendar chock full of activities including guided island tours to cultural and historic sites like the invasion beaches, coastal bunkers and caves, Japanese airfield landmarks surrounded by B-29 taxiways and accompanying parking “hardstands” and more. Visit their sites at www.miltours.com or at www.valortours.com.
Sponsors, volunteers and vendors are highly encouraged to take part in this historic occasion.
Visit the Marianas and be part of this historic celebration of peace and honor.
For more information, contact 70th Anniversary Battles of Saipan/Tinian Commemoration Committee chair Vicente “Ben” Camacho at 287-5351 or email at Vicente.firstname.lastname@example.org. (PR)