Saturday, October 13, 2012


Every year, Buddhist monks and Catholic clergy take turns praying for the dead and for peace at the same memorial service at Matåguak, Yigo, site of the last battle on Guam in World War II.

The man on the left fought on Guam during the war.  The man on the right was a civilian, still in school in fact, on Saipan and then was drafted into the service and sent to Guam for the war.

Buddhist monks preparing for prayer.

Sorry for the poor video quality in the beginning.  The focus kept auto-adjusting. 

The event was surreal.  Black clouds hung over us, with peels of thunder and flashes of lightning.  Then United States Air Force jets from the nearby base roared through the skies.

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