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In Okinawa, a wall of peace

Published Oct. 4, 2005

Marine veteran Kegha Alexanian of Whittier, Calif., reads some of the more than 200,000 names of those who died during the fighting in the battle of Okinawa during World War II.

The black granite monument was dedicated Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the last great campaign of World War II. It is engraved with not only the names of the Japanese who were killed in the battle of Okinawa but also the names of the Americans who died while seizing the island of Okinawa south of Japan.

"We should learn from this history," Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Friday as he unveiled the peace monument. "We should pass this legacy on to future generations, and we must renew our vow to achieve world peace."

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