The march from Ylig Bay to the site of the concentration camp in the Manenggon hills concluded with the unveiling of the entrance memorial to a Manenggon memorial park slated for construction on the site.
During a somber ceremony at the Manenggon site, concentration camp survivor, historian and former Sen. Tony Palomo spoke of survivors’ experiences. Despite the suffering inflicted upon the Chamorro people, Palomo… stressed forgiveness.
Father Eric Forbes also spoke of forgiveness in his homily. Speaking both in Chamorro and English, he told the audience not to hate.
“This is not what God wants,” Forbes said.
Also during the ceremony, Japan Consul General Kennosuke Iriyama joined survivors and board members Rita Franquez, Marian Johnston Taitano and former first lady Geri Gutierrez. They placed a floral wreath on the entrance monument that was unveiled yesterday.
The PDN ran a series of pictures covering Hasso Manenggon and the memorial park. Here is a photo of the memorial fountain: