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  Dear Friends:

Today, Monday, November 10, 2003, I introduced the “Marine Corps Drive Rededication Act.”

Marine Drive was dedicated to the United States Marines who liberated Guam from the Japanese in 1944. The meaning behind designating this road ‘Marine Drive’ has been lost through the generations. Many visitors and residents think that the highway was named ‘Marine Drive’ because of its proximity to the ocean.

10 November, 2003, is the 228th anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. The day is celebrated by Marines throughout the world to honor the history, mission and tradition of the Corps. The tradition is celebrated on Guam every year with activities to be held throughout the island.

I thank my colleagues Senators Carmen Fernandez, D-Yona, Mark Forbes, R-Sinajana, Joanne Brown, R-Chalan Pago/Ordot, Larry Kasperbauer, R-Dededo, Jesse Lujan, R-Tamuning, Ray Tenorio, R-Yigo, Toni Sanford, D-Agana Heights, Tina Muna-Barnes, D-Mangilao, Rory Respicio, D-Chalan Pago, and John Quinata, D-Talafofo for co-sponsoring the bill.

The “Marine Corps Drive Rededication Act” has three parts:

1.) On the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Gum July 21, 2004, the Governor will hold a ceremony to rededicate “Marine Corps Drive” to honor the memory of those Marines, living and dead, who liberated Guam in 1944.

2.) The Department of Public Works will create and post signs showing the new name along Route 1 near the main gate of Naval Station, near Y Sengsong Chamorro in Hagatna and near the main gate of Andersen Air Force Base. All signs are to be created and posted prior to January 2010. (Names for portions of Route 1, e.g. Chalan Padiron in Yigo, shall remain recognized.)

3.) The effective date is July 21, 2004. Those affected by the change of name are saved the expense of reprinting stationery, changing signage etc. Both names may used until January 1, 2010, when “Marine Corps Drive,” only, shall be used.

My colleagues and I also honored Mark Brandlin, a life-long supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Two pages on my website may interest you:
- History of Marine Drive:

- An obelisk on Marine Drive in Hagatna:

Please give me a call or e-mail me to discuss these issues or any other issues on your mind. I’m interested in your thoughts and ideas.


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