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South Pacific Memorial Park

South Pacific Memorial Park

The park located in the village of Yigo, serves as a solemn reminder of a war that took the lives of over a-half million Japanese, Americans, and Pacific Islanders. The memorial's centerpiece is a 50-foot tall monument that abstractly depicts hands clasped in prayer.

Beneath this monument lie the remains of Japanese soldiers who lost their lives in the final days of Guam's wartime occupation. The path to the right of the monument leads to the shallow canyon where Obata hid his command post inside a labyrinth of caves. Also located on memorial grounds is a small Buddhist chapel that is home to WWII artifacts. The memorial park was built, and is maintained, by donations from Japanese citizens and serves as a symbolic gesture of peace.

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