30 Jun '16, 3am

Survivors of the Battle of #Okinawa have seen 71 years of unity between the U.S. and #Japan

Survivors of the Battle of #Okinawa have seen 71 years of unity between the U.S. and #Japan

NAHA, OKINAWA, OKINAWA, JAPAN -- Footsteps pattered over hot walkways as figures dressed in black made their way to a shady alcove, lined by stone walls engraved with hundreds of thousands of names. The names are those whose lives were lost in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Okinawa residents and Status of Forces Agreement members gathered June 23 at the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa, Japan for the 2016 Okinawa Memorial services. A U.S. ceremony was held at the beginning of the day by the memorial walls and an Okinawan ceremony was held at the center of the park. Thousands sat in rows of chairs, lined the perimeter and sat in the shade surrounding the stage where the ceremony took place. “Seventy-one years ago we concluded the 90-day very, very challenging battle here on Okinawa,” said Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the III Marine Expeditionary Force commandi...

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