Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull said that the pain, horrors, and devastations caused by World War 2 to their forefathers had already been forgiven.

Governor Shmull, who was speaking before guests during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu on September 28, reflected about the war that was fought between Japanese and American troops on their island 75 years ago and instead reiterated that their nations must work together to prevent such war from happening again.

“We hope and pray that war will come to an end wherever they may be around the world. That peace and freedom will prevail and the global community and the citizens of the world will live in peace and harmony with each other,” Shmull said.

The event in Peleliu last week was attended by American troops and other dignitaries from United States, Japan, and Palau.

Palau Vice President Raynold Oilouch, US Ambassador to Palau Amy Hyatt, and Japan Ambassador to Palau Akira Karasawa also laid wreaths in honor of all those who lost their lives during the Battle of Peleliu.

A monument was also unveiled on the same day in remembrance of the US Marines and sailors of the 1st Marine Division and soldiers of the 81st US Army infantry division who fought against the soldiers of Imperial Japanese Army in 1944 in Peleliu.

Around 10,000 casualties from Japanese forces and around 2,300 American troops perished during the Battle of Peleliu. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)