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Prime Minister attends war memorial service in Itoman

Date Posted: 2001-06-29

The 44th Memorial Service for War Dead in Okinawa was held Saturday at Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City.

It has been 56 years since the Okinawa land war ended. More than five thousand people attended the service that took place in the Peace Memorial Park near the southernmost tip of Okinawa. The park is built on the site where the defending Japanese Imperial Army made its last stand during the battle of Okianwa. Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi flew to the prefecture for the first time since becoming the Prime Minister in order to attend. Former Hansen’s disease victims from Okinawa Airakuen sanatorium were invited for the first time.

Governor Keiichi Inamine gave an address after a minute of silence at noon. “We pledge to hand down correctly what we learned from the horrible war to the next generation without letting us forget, to express peace messages from Okinawa to the world, and to contribute for establishing lasting peace forever,” Inamine said in his speech.

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