|WRITTEN BY JEFF MARCHESSEAULT, GUAM NEWS WATCH ANCHOR|
|TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010|
guamwarsurvivors.com was launched today at the GTA Teleguam headquarters in Upper Tumon.
The website features the testimonies of local World War II survivors, the capacity to accept war stories and photos from the community, and a petition to Congress that can be signed online.
"It's a letter asking Congress to please work on and move expeditiously on the Loyalty Recognition Act," said Sen. Frank Blas, Jr. "And it's very simple to use. It's just putting your name (in) and sending 'click' - and off the message goes to Congress."
Blas, a reparations advocate, launched the site after leading an initial multimedia public awareness project to overcome misperceptions about wartime suffering and attrocities on Guam. It also comes 66 years after the US-Japan battle that killed, maimed and scarred thousands of innocents. Many have died awaiting monetary compensation for their losses.
The Guam Loyalty Recognition Act proposing monetary reparations has been approved by the US House of Representatives and is now before the Senate.