Connecting with history through community service

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Connecting with history through community service

by: Brett E. Lazaroff | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: December 15, 2018

ASAN, GUAM – U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Activity Guam conducted a beach cleanup, December 14, on Asan beach.

The event was an opportunity to demonstrate the willingness of service members to be respectful ambassadors to the community and contribute to making Guam a better, cleaner place to live, while also learning about the multifaceted history of this area of the island and its historic connection to the Marine Corps.

“We came to preserve our culture as Marines and strengthen our relationship with the community,” said LCpl Ashley Clay, administrative specialist for MCAG. “Cleaning up this historic battle site ensures that generations to come will have the opportunity to see it and shows that we care about the island.”

Asan beach is most known for being one of the landing sites of U.S. Marines and U.S. Army soldiers on July 21, 1944 during the Battle of Guam, in which the island was retaken from the occupying Japanese Imperial Army.

While the Marines cleared the beaches they reflected on the history of the island where more than 1,800 Marines and soldiers were killed as a result of twenty one days of combat during its liberation.

The cleanup yielded trash bags filled with glass, cans, trash, plastic, cardboard and other debris, to be disposed of properly through our partnership with the Mayor of Asan, Frank A. Salas.

“Every day we should be thinking about what we can do to preserve the environment around us, even in small ways, to keep our neighborhood and the places we love to visit clean,” said Master Sergeant Eugenio Ramirez, the Senior Enlisted Advisor for MCAG.

Currently, the Asan Beach area is enjoyed by local families, tourists, and even our four legged friends visiting with their owners. The Marines at Marine Corps Activity Guam are committed to the protection and preservation of the island environment, they support the One Guam Initiative, and continue to be responsible in their environmental stewardship.

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