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Americans, Koreans attend memorial services

Date Posted: 2002-06-28

Two gatherings were held Sunday morning to honor South Korean and Americans who died in the fighting between Japanese and U.S. forces in Okinawa during World War II. Some 50 Koreans and 30 Americans attended the services at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman.

Both groups held separate services at the Cornerstones of Peace that display the names of battle victims of every nationality that perished during the battle.

Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson, the top commander of the U.S. forces in Okinawa, representatives from the U.S. Consulate in Okinawa and U.S. war veterans attended the service. During the ceremony Gregson said that he hopes there will be no more battles like the Okinawa one.

The memorial services by the South Koreans and Americans took place prior to another service organized by the Okinawa Prefecture Government.

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