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American Samoa Armed Forces Memorial
« on: May 19, 2009, 02:41:44 PM »
Groundbreaking for the American Samoa Armed Forces Memorial

In a ground breaking ceremony at the site –beyond centerfield of the Lions Park softball field– Governor Togiola joined veterans Associate Justice Lyle Richmond, Lieutenant Colonel Retired Mapu Jamias, Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, Afutoto Meredith – the first Samoan woman in the US military, and Rev. Fouvale Asiata (CCCAS Matu’u & Faganeanea) to turn the soil of the project that was first announced in 2005 to honor all veterans of American Samoa, and including the Fita Fita Guard.

Governor Togiola said, "I hope that this monument will serve as a symbol to all --our families, our friends, our people-- and as a reminder to them of the greatness of the blood of our forefathers, our sons and daughters, and all the veterans of American Samoa who have shed blood in our military services. We say thank you to you --our veterans-- through our prayers and remembrance of you because there is nothing we can do to repay you — any of you — for your allegiance and loyal service, for your dedication and commitment to freedom, and for your loving sacrifice."

Other veterans in attendance were Vasai Fred Vasai, who served as emcee, Alataua Senator Fuamatu J.V. Fuamatu, Sua Senator Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Mauga, Parks and Recreation Director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a, Navy & Coast Guard Veterans Association President Tauiliili Lauifi, ASG Veterans Affairs Officer Lili’o Ali’itai, Samoan Affairs Deputy Secretary Nanai Afuola Kalasa, Insurance Commissioner Paogofie Fiaigoa, DOE JROTC Director Vasaga Tilo, Rev. Tinei Malepeai, Alo Su’esu’e Steffany, Seumalo Ukulele, Tagaloa Toloa Letuli, Lealao Melila Purcell, Alapati Fano, Measeu Atuatasi, Ken Tupua, Ta’amu Iakopo, and Fuala’au Rosie Lancaster.

Other than Governor Togiola, non-veterans included Senator Liufau Sonoma, chairman of the American Samoa Armed Forces Memorial committee, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale and Secretary of Samoan Affairs.


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Re: American Samoa Armed Forces Memorial
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009, 05:16:48 PM »
Great news. In particular regards the Fita Fita Guard. I was impressed with them when I was stationed at Pago Pago in 1943.


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