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
HAGÅTÑA • Guam War Claims (Guam Museum)
Date: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
(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: 9:00am Ceremony
Location: Manenggon Memorial
YONA • Asinan Memorial (updated)
Date: July 3, 2022 (Sunday)
Location: Pago Bay Bridge
M-T-M • Marine Depot
Date: July 7, 2022 (Thursday)
Location: Maite, (across Car’s Plus)
Barrigada • Kålaguak Memorial
Date: July 8, 2022 (Friday)
Location: Tiyan, Barrigada
Mangilao • Mangilao Memorial
Date: July 12, 2022 (Tuesday)
Location: Mangilao Mayor’s Office
Inalahan • Inalahan Memorial
Date: July 13, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00am (Signing of building plans & unveiling artist rendering)
Location: Agfayan (across Bear Rock)
Asan • Asan Memorial Landing
Date: July 14, 2022 (Thursday)
Location: Asan Memorial Beach Park
Malesso • Tinta and Faha Massacre Memorial Rosary, Mass & Ceremony
Date: July 16, 2022 (Saturday) 4:30pm Rosary
Location: San Dimas & Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
4:30pm Rosary • 5pm Memorial Mass • 6pm Memorial Ceremony (DINNER IMMEDIATELY AFTER)
Hågat • Hågat Memorial
Date: July 19, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:30am Ceremony will commence
Location: Next to the Hagat Senior Center
(Site visit to Fena at 8:30am-9:00am)
Sånta Rita-Sumay • Sumay Memorial Mass & Wreath Laying Ceremony (Limited due to security)
Date: July 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: Naval Base Cemetery
Yigo • Chagui’an Massacre
Date: August 8, 2022 (Thursday)
Liberation Day Festival @ The CHamoru Village
- Presented By: CHamoru Village
- Dates: July 11 to 15, and July 18 to 20, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Join us at the CHamoru Village for the LIBERATION DAY FESTIVAL from July 11 to 15, and July 18 to 20, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM! Enjoy Live entertainment, cultural performances, shopping, food, carabao rides, a rock wall, game booths, amusement rides and more!
For more information, contact the CHamoru Village office at (671) 475-0375 or (671) 475-0377.
2-Day Festivities July 21 and 22
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)
• Drone Light Show & Fireworks Display
(Event Shuttles to Ypao for Fandanña Friday are available from JFK and Guam Greyhound, every 30 minutes)
Parade Rules & Regulations
I. Purpose. This handout provides important information for all organizations/groups planning to participate in this year’s 78th Liberation Day Parade on Thursday, July 21, 2022. The Rules and Regulations set forth are applicable to all parade participants and strict compliance will help to ensure that all activities before, during, and after the parade is safe for all parade participants and the general public.
a. The parade will begin promptly at 11:00AM led by the Grand Marshal and Band.
b. To participate in the Parade, a completed Parade Registration Form and the Waivers and Affirmations Form must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2022. These forms can be obtained at the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) Office or requested via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The forms can also be completed online at https://www.visitguam.com/liberation78/. For more information, please call (671) 646-5278.
II. Parade Entries. In general, all parade entries fall into one of the following three groups:
a. Marching Units & Non-Vehicular Parade Entries. All marching units and non-vehicular parade entries must report to the parade staging sites no later than 7:00 a.m., on July 21, 2022. Military units are encouraged to include the rank and names of the Commanders/NCOICs leading their units in the parade. This write-up will be used for the airing on media outlets covering the parade.
b. Vehicular Parade Entries (Not designated as a Float Entry). Entries in this category must report to the “vehicular/float entry” staging sites no later than 7:00 a.m., on July 21, 2022.
1. Organizations wanting multiple vehicles on the parade route must specify the quantity (number) of vehicles on their registration in order to be issued a parade placard. Vehicles on the parade route without a parade placard will be removed by a Parade Marshal or GPD/Law Enforcement official.
2. Vehicular parade entries may include individuals to walk alongside their vehicle entry, but the vehicle(s) is the focus of their entry.
3. The “line-up” of vehicle(s) will be in the same staging area as the float entries.
c. Parade Float Entries. Float entries must be at their parade staging sites no later than 6:30 a.m., on July 21, 2022. Floats can be staged at their designated sites as early as 3:00 a.m. on the day of the parade.
1. All float entries would be allowed one (1) “safety/support vehicle”
• The safety/support vehicle will be positioned behind the float, at all times and be required to have a means of communicating (i.e., cell phone or 2-way radio) between both the float and the safety/support drivers in the event there is a safety issue during the parade.
2. Only one (1) parade placard will be issued for a float safety/support vehicle which must be visible at all times.
3. Because of safety concerns, there shall be no additional motorized vehicles such as golf carts, mules, or any motorized transport will be allowed on the parade route other than the one (1) assigned safety/support vehicle with an issued parade placard. Additional
4. Other than the one (1) assigned safety/support vehicle with an issued placard, there shall be NO additional vehicles allowed on the parade route under the same entry. Additional motorized vehicles must be registered as a separate parade entry, under the same organization. Such motorized vehicles include golf carts, mules, etc.
d. ALL PARADE ENTRIES.
1. Safety Briefing: All organizations/units registered to participate in the parade are required to send a representative to attend the Parade Safety Briefing on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
This briefing will be held at the Guam Museum Theatre in Hagåtña.
2. Media Write-up: A brief write-up of your organization and its history should accompany your Parade Registration Form. This write-up will be used for the airing on media outlets covering the parade. The media write-up/description for all parade participants is due on Friday, July 8, 2022. If not included during the submission of your registration forms, email write-up to: email@example.com.
III. Parade Line-Up. The official Parade Line-Up will be provided to all participants at the Safety Briefing on July 18, 2022 and no earlier. Again, the Safety Briefing is scheduled for Monday, July 18, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Guam Museum Theatre in Hagåtña.
IV. Judging of Floats for People’s Choice Award. The 78th Liberation float winners will be selected based on people’s choice. The People’s Choice Award will be presented for each of the following categories: Village, Government, Community and Business float entries. KUAM Communications, will provide a feature coverage of the floats and utilize their platforms to identify the People’s Choice for each float category. Details on the voting process will be provided at a later date. The winners will be announced by The Governor, the President of the Mayors’ Council of Guam and the Guam Visitors Bureau on July 22, 2022 during the Special Liberation Fandanña Friday event at the Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach).
V. Additional Information for Float Entries.
a. No floats, support vehicles and/or vehicular entries will be allowed into their designated staging area AFTER 7:00 a.m., on the day of the parade.
b. Float dimensions should not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height from the ground level to comply with highway encroachment regulations.
c. Performances and/or presentation of gifts at the grandstand is permitted but limited to two (2) minutes only to minimize delays and to allow for a smooth parade flow.
d. The throwing of giveaways to parade spectators from any float, or any vehicular entries while moving or stationary is strictly prohibited. Any such distributions shall be from the ground level only.