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Volunteers haul tons of trash from memorial site

Date Posted: 2010-05-06

It took 300 volunteers and four hours to get the job done, but the workers collected five tons of trash that accumulated in Itoman City’s Mabuni area at Peace Memorial Park.

Disturbed that the refuse was defiling the sacred sites where the tens of thousands who died during the April ~ June 1945 Battle of Okinawa are buried, 300 volunteers from a former Teacher’s College and religious organizations joined together last weekend. Over a course of four hours, the volunteers filled 1,300 bags with trash, a total of five tons.

“We felt sorry about the war dead, and Prefecture people know about peace, and this place is sacred ground that we have to protect,” said a team leader during the trash collection. “There were cans, too many bottles and plastic bags, all collected on steep slopes impossible for machines and vehicles to get to.” Workers had to do the collection by hand, painstakingly working along the hillsides.

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