Friday, September 6, 2013

Ryukyu Shimpo – Memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 22 marked 69 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many schoolchildren was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service was held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 350 people, including survivors, bereaved families, and people otherwise involved took part to pray for those who lost their lives. A children’s chorus group from the elementary schools that the victims belonged to at the time also sang.

Maria Miyagi, an 84-year-old survivor who lives in the United States participated in the memorial service. She lost her brother in the tragedy 69 years ago, “I remember it as though it happened yesterday. People were going down to the sea one after another. What happened that day is not something from a normal world,” she said. “I want to take part in the memorial service from now to pray for peace.”

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