Okinawa marks 68th anniversary of war end
Jiji Press -- Jun 23
The Okinawa prefectural government held a memorial service in Itoman attended by some 5,800 people on Sunday on the 68th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.

At noon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, heads of both chambers of the Diet, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima offered silent prayers for the war dead together with other participants in the ceremony held at the Peace Memorial Park in the city's Mabuni area, the site of the last bloodiest fight in the battle.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos joined the ceremony as the first U.S. ambassador to do so since the 1995 attendance by Walter Mondale.

23日は、68年前の沖縄戦で組織的な戦いが終結したとされる慰霊の日です。糸満市で­は、県主催の追悼式が開かれています。
Sources: Jiji Press, ANNnewsCH
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