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Ceremony to mark end of Battle of Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The 65th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa will be recognized during a ceremony Wednesday at Peace Prayer Park in Itoman.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will attend the memorial to honor the more than 240,000 people — including 14,009 Americans — who died during the World War II battle.

Before the ceremony hosted by the Okinawa prefectural government, a smaller service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the American part of the Cornerstone of Peace. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, the top senior U.S. military commander on Okinawa, will attend the ceremony.

The USO of Okinawa will have a bus leaving Camp Kinser at 8 a.m. The bus is limited to 42 people. For more information, call Jarrett Ota or Yoshie Dunning at DSN 645-2539.

Eighty new names of war victims were added this year to the granite walls, bringing the total to 240,931.

Author to visit Foster, local community

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — George Feifer, the author of “Tennozan — the Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb,” will be at the Camp Foster exchange from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to sign books.

At 1 p.m. Sunday in the Kitanakagusuku Chuo Kominkan, or citizen’s hall in Kitanakagusuku, Feifer will talk about U.S.-Japanese relations. He’ll host a similar discussion at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum in Naha. Admission is free for all events.

For directions to the off-base facilities, go to www.ryubei.com, e-mail kishaba@ryubei.com, or call 090-9785-3370.

III MEF band to perform in Ginowan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The III MEF Band will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City.

The title of the concert is “Music from the Heavens” and is open to the public.

For more information, call DSN 645-3919.

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