Church to honor 241,000 people who died in Battle of Okinawa by reading their names aloud

Medal of Honor recipient Robert Bush traces his finger under the name of Albet Walcott at the Cornerstones of Peace Monument in Itoman, Okinawa, June 15, 2003. Walcott was a friend and comrade-in-arms who died during the Battle of Okinawa. STARS AND STRIPES
Medal of Honor recipient Robert Bush traces his finger under the name of Albet Walcott at the Cornerstones of Peace Monument in Itoman, Okinawa, June 15, 2003. Walcott was a friend and comrade-in-arms who died during the Battle of Okinawa. STARS AND STRIPES

Church to honor 241,000 people who died in Battle of Okinawa by reading their names aloud

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — All Souls Anglican Episcopal Church in Chatan is seeking assistance from the U.S. military community for its 75th anniversary ceremony memorializing more than 241,000 people of all nationalities who perished during the bloody Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. March 26, the church plans to commence reading the names of every American, Japanese, Okinawan, British, Taiwanese and Korean victim of the battle — sometimes called the typhoon of steel — continuing daily until Okinawa Memorial Day, June 23, the same day as Okinawa prefecture’s 75th annual Irei no Hi ceremony at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

The church is calling for volunteers to recite each name, civilian and military, of those the prefecture recognizes as having perished due to the fighting, said All Souls rector Rev. Irene Tanabe. The names will be read each day from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The readings will be preceded by prayer and a ceremonial bell ringing.

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