72nd Anniversary of US landing on Guadalcanal

Our family left the house as the sun came up this morning to attend a ceremony remembering the 72nd Anniversary of the American Marines landing on Guadalcanal.

A SITAG auntie helped Sarah tie red, white, and blue stars to the wreath.

On the stars we wrote names of men who had fought in WWII, including Aaron's grandfather who fought in the Pacific.

And the SITAG auntie had the great idea to include John 15:13 on one of the stars, too.

The Solomon Islands police band played beautiful and appropriate songs for the occasion - everything from the United States' and Solomon Islands' national anthems to "Abide With Me" while the wreaths were being laid at the foot of the monument.

During the speeches we learned that one of the men who rescued John F. Kennedy died last week at the ripe age of 93.

After the dignitaries laid their wreaths, our kids laid the wreath on behalf of SITAG and Bible translation in the Solomon Island.
We even got to meet the American Ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu!


quilt'n-mama said…
I love the wreath, looks like an amazing morning!
That's wonderful! And what a perfect verse for the occasion.
Bartokhound said…
I love this, Joanna. I wish I had known about this ahead of time - would have had you include one other name. In spirit!


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