The Navy hosted a memorial ceremony aboard U.S. Naval Base Guam last week in honor of former Sumay Village residents and their descendants. A thriving coastal town at the time, Sumay Village was decimated on Dec. 8, 1941, by Japanese bombs, leaving only a cross from the village church, some ruined structures and the village cemetery. Today, many of the former Sumay residents and their families live in Santa Rita, a village formed after the liberation of Guam in 1944. The Sumay memorial takes place once a year and allows former Sumay residents and their families to honor loved ones buried at the Sumay Village Cemetery. Santa Rita Mayor Dale Alvarez said he hopes to continue the tradition in partnership with the naval base as long as he is mayor. Read more at Navy.mil.
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