Memorial service held for Okinawan immigrants killed in Davao during World War II
July 26, 2015 Masatoshi Omine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Davao City
The Okinawa Davao Association held a memorial service on July 26 at the Monument of Okinawa in the former Japanese Cemetery of the Mintal district in Davao, the Philippines.
Davao in Mindanao was a fierce battle area during the Pacific War.
Before World War II, many immigrants from Okinawa lived on the island, and after the war, the survivors returned to Okinawa.
The Okinawa Davao Association is made up of those who returned from the island, and their families.
About 70 people, including the bereaved family members and local officials, attended the memorial service. They placed cakes and fruits in front of the monument and offered prayers for the souls of the immediate family and relatives who lost their lives in the war.
The participants joined their hands in prayer recalling when they lost their family members 70 years ago.
Yoshihiro Yamanoha, president of the association, stated, “On behalf of members who passed away, we will continue to visit Davao, which is our second home.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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