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Cultural Ritual Honors Ancestral Burials at Sabånan Fadang Area of Camp Blaz

Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz leadership along with the Honorable Lourdes Leon Guerrero, governor of Guam, in coordination with the Guam State Historic Preservation Office, participated in a cultural ritual at the Sabånan Fadang burial site Nov. 23. The burial site includes seven grave pits comprised of multiple individuals, with the final overall number of individuals still pending analysis. The ritual is the first of its kind as the ceremonies are typically held later, as required under Guam law, when monuments are erected for reburial ceremonies…
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christopher Bopp, the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz commanding officer, left, poses for a photograph with Government of Guam officials and archaeologists with Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas during a cultural ritual at the Sabånan Fadang burial site on MCB Camp Blaz, Nov. 23, 2021. The burial site includes seven grave pits comprised of multiple individuals, with the final overall number of individuals still pending analysis. The ritual is the first of its kind as the ceremonies are typically held later, as required under Guam law, when monuments are erected for reburial ceremonies.

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Author: Stanley James

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