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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Chamorro community on Okinawa is sponsoring a Guam Liberation Day celebration Saturday at Torii Beach.

The event, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the invasion that began the battle to retake Guam from the Japanese Imperial Army on July 21, 1944, is set for 1 to 9 p.m. at the main pavilion.

The event is sponsored by the Okinawa Chamorro community, said Wenonah Babauta, publicity coordinator.

Entertainment is to include Chamorro stick dancers, the Kadena Kokusai Matsuri Daiko Drum Corps, disc jockey Tony Ross playing continuous Chamorro music and the Zamami Brothers, Okinawa musicians.

The food line is to open at 2 p.m., Babauta said.

On the menu will be Chamorro delicacies including barbecue, red rice and kelaguen, a native Guam dish of broiled or roasted meat, usually chicken or beef, marinated in lemon juice, grated coconut and hot peppers, then served chilled with tortillas or crackers.

The event is free and open to all, Babauta said.

The festival is to open with speeches by Marine Col. Bradley E. Turner, chief of staff of Marine Corps bases on Camp Butler; Frank Aguon, senator in Guam’s legislature and its vice-speaker; Army Col. Anthony L. Williams, Torii Station commander; and John Quinata, also a senator in Guam’s legislature.


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