North Carolina Chamorro Veterans Liberation Day Presentation
26 July 2012
During the Guam Liberation Day anniversary in July 2012, Chamorro veterans from North Carolina traveled to Guam to present two gifts on behalf of NOCVA to the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The veterans were part of the original group of Chamorro veterans from North Carolina who participated in the historic first Chamorro Veterans Commemoration Ceremony held in Washington, DC, in March 2012. Representing their fellow North Carolina veterans from the Fayetteville area, the veterans chose to donate the bell that was rung in the ceremony and a plaque listing all 70 of the fallen heroes from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands who died during the Vietnam War
Monsignor Brigido Arroyo blessed the plaque and bell in a ceremony three days earlier on 23 July.
NOCVA Regional Coordinator Frank Blas (Army, ret.), Mariano Cruz (Army, ret.) and Tony Duenas (Army, ret.) made the presentation at the Latte of Freedom Foundation in Agana, Guam. Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio was in attendance along with other island officials and family and friends of the fallen.
The presentation was made possible with the assistance of Tony Ramirez, Director of the Guam Museum Foundation, in coordination with NOCVA Regional Coordinator Bill Cundiff who is also Chairman of the Guam Veterans Commission.
During this trip, the veterans also met with families of fallen Chamorro heroes as part of NOCVA’s “Chelu, We Remember You” project.