The In Memoriam committee has lined up a number of events that would create awareness and drumbeat the event commemorating the men, women, and children who died during the Battle of Saipan in World War II.
The Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council is leading the committee for the annual blessing of the Marianas Memorial Monument at the American Memorial Park. The event is set on Oct. 28 at 4pm.
The committee plans to have at least five members from the Office on Aging to speak in KKMP’s morning radio talk show each week. The plan to guest in the radio show is either mid July, August, or in September.
They decided to have only five since the space is limited at the KKMP radio station at the Cabrera Center in Beach Road.
Members from the Office on Aging would speak about their experiences on pre-war (if there’s someone who is still alive), during the war, and post-war Saipan.
The committee is also asking the offices of the Carolinian and Indigenous Affairs if they know someone who could speak about the role of their relative played during the war.
They would also invite scholars and other historians who are experts and well read about the Battle of Saipan to also speak in the middle of October a few weeks before the memorial. All dates are to be announced at a latter time.
The committee is also having an essay writing and logo making contests open to all middle and high school student. The theme would most likely be about commemorating all men, women, and children who died in the war.
The committee will again meet on July 14, Thursday, at 10am at the conference room of the Office on Aging in China Town.
This will be the third straight year that the SNIMC is organizing the event, which commemorates all civilians who were affected and became casualties of World War II.