Back to Sumay Day to be held on U.S. Naval Base Guam

U.S. Naval Base Guam Public Affairs Office

SANTA RITA, Guam (April 3, 2019) – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Grimes is inviting former residents of Sumay village and their descendants to the 10th annual Back to Sumay Day event on NBG April 6. 

The annual event, coordinated with the Santa Rita Mayor’s Office, began in 2010 by 
then-base Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Galbreaith with the goal of inviting former residents of the pre-World War II village and their descendants back to the site. 

A Mass will be held 11 a.m. at Clipper Landing Park pavilions on NBG. Following the Mass, there will be a fiesta and entertainment. 

Former Sumay residents and descendants are also invited to stop by the Sumay Cemetery to pay respect to their family members buried at the site. 

Residents with ties to Sumay are asked to contact the Santa Rita Mayor’s office at 565-4337 to arrange access to NBG. All guests who do not have regular access to the installation must arrange access through the mayor's office prior to the event. All traffic for Back to Sumay will be welcomed through the NBG back gate.

Sumay village was once known as the “Pearl of the Island” before the war. Evolving from a small fishing village to the agricultural and commercial hub for ships in the mid-1800s, it became an economically rich village by the 1930s.

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