Temporary panels have been installed on the Asan Bay Overlook Memorial wall, replacing the 34 bronze plaques that were stolen from the memorial and sold as scrap metal last July.
The memorial wall was constructed for the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Guamandcontains the names of 16,142 Americans and Chamorros who died or suffered war atrocities during the occupation and liberation of Guam during World War II. The names of the fallen were inscribed on 99 bronze plaques that stretched the length of the memorial wall. The memorial has become one of the parkâs most visited areas and is frequently the site of commemorative events and wreath laying ceremonies.
The park intends to replace all the panels on the memorial wall with permanent granite panels, a process which may take up to a year to complete. The temporary panels will remain up until these new panels are completed.
âThe recent vandalism that occurred to the memorial was heartbreakingâ said superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, âAfter the theft of the panels many community members visited the memorial to see if the names of their family and friends were among those that were stolen. The National Park Service is very pleased that our memorial wall once again stands intact and appropriately honors those who died and suffered during the occupation and liberation of Guam. We invite everyone to come and visit the memorialâ.