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The Strength to Overcome, The Faith to Persevere!

Minetgot Para Ta Hulat, Hinengge Para Ta Usuni!

Santa Marian Kamalen (Our Lady of Camarin), one of the most important icons in Guam’s history, has been a time-honored symbol of protection and perseverance for the CHamoru people. The discovery of the Santa Marian Kamalen statue was first spotted by a fisherman along the shore of Malesso'. There are many stories and legends that surround Our Lady of Camarin, but two in particular are very relevant to us today. Some of us may recount that the image of Santa Marian Kamalen survived a 1902 earthquake on Guam, which destroyed the shrine and many statues within the church but left the image intact.

Another known story told is that in the midst of Japanese bombing of Guam on December 8, 1941, the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the statue was miraculously saved from destruction. In both stories, Santa Marian Kamalen saw our people through incredibly difficult circumstances and held this island strong. Today, we’ve also overcome difficulties in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the hardships that have followed, but the strength of our island people has been evident and our faith to persevere has shone through. We’ve sustained the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on this Liberation Day, we celebrate our freedom and honor Santa Marian Kamalen as a symbol of strength and protection moving forward.


 

78th Guam Liberation – Upcoming Events & Activities 

Memorial Events


YONA  •  Manenggon Memorial

Date: July 3, 2022 (Sunday)

Time: 9:00am

Location: Manenggon Memorial


YONA  •  Asinan Memorial

Date: July 3, 2022 (Sunday)

Time: 10:30am

Location: Pago Bridge


M-T-M  •  Marine Depot

Date: July 7, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 9:00am

Location: Maite, (across Car’s Plus)


Barrigada  •  Kålaguak Memorial

Date: July 8, 2022 (Friday)

Time: 9:00am

Location: Tiyan, Barrigada


Mangilao  •  Mangilao Memorial

Date: July 12, 2022 (Tuesday)

Time: 9:00am

Location: Mangilao Mayor’s Office


Inalahan  •  Inalahan Memorial

Date: July 13, 2022 (Wednesday)

Time: 9:00am

Location: Agfayan (across Bear Rock)

 


Asan  •  Asan Memorial Landing

Date: July 14, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 10:00am

Location: Asan Memorial Beach Park


Malesso  •  Tinta and Faha Memorial

Date: July 15, 2022 (Friday)

Time: TBA

Location: Site Visitation


Malesso  •  Tinta and Faha Memorial Mass

Date: July 16, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 5:00pm

Location: San Dimas/Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church


Hågat  •  Hågat Memorial

Date: July 19, 2022 (Tuesday)

Time: TBA

Location: Next to the Hagat Senior Center


Sånta Rita-Sumai  •  Sumai Memorial

Date: July 20, 2022 (Wednesday)

Time: 11:00am

Location: Naval Base Cemetery


Yigo  •  Chagui’an Massacre

Date: August 8, 2022 (Monday)

Time: 9:00am

Location: Yigo


2-Day Festivities

Thursday, July 21, 2022

• 78th Liberation Parade, Marine Corps Drive

o 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)

• Fireworks Display