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Cultural Ritual Honors Ancestral Burials at Sabånan Fadang Area of Camp Blaz > United States Marine Corps Flagship > News Display

Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz leadership along with the Honorable Lourdes Leon Guerrero, governor of Guam, in coordination with the Guam State Historic Preservation Office, participated in a cultural ritual at the Sabånan Fadang burial site Nov. 23. The burial site includes seven grave pits comprised of multiple individuals, with the final overall number of individuals still pending analysis.

The ritual is the first of its kind as the ceremonies are typically held later, as required under Guam law, when monuments are erected for reburial ceremonies. Four grave pits were originally found in 2020, with an additional three grave pits found between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 during monument construction.

The monument under construction was proposed by the Guam SHPO at the governor’s request and supports MCB Camp Blaz’s commitment to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Guam. In addition to the monument, MCB Camp Blaz will build a reinternment crypt for the reburial of any…

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