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December 27, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

Ep. 137 “Hannukah and Christmas Memories 2012”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Joy White) airs 12/21/12.

The eight days of Hannukah ended December 15 and Tuesday, December 25 is Christmas Day.  In celebration of this season, the spirit of hope and the promise of peace,  we are pleased to feature a montage of memories and songs contributed by Beyond the Fence guests and listeners.

Guam sends out and receives people from all around the world.  In the first half of the program, we begin with “Celebrating the Festival of Lights in Israel and Guam” by Tali Ariav, an instructor of English and Theatre at the University of Guam (recitation of A Hannukah Blessing). After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, Teresita Garrido Roberto Cruz and husband, Simon, landed jobs working for the Boeing Company in Saudi Arabia. She describes the intrigue surrounding the celebration of “Midnight Mass in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia”(Oh Holy Night by Josg Grobin). Herta Laguana, part of a small community of German military wives on Guam, talks about her marriage to a Chamorro Vietnam veteran, widowhood, and “Passing On Christmas Traditions” (Stille Nacht-Silent Night by Nami-chan) US Coast Guard Petty Officer Bob McCormick and wife, Amy, a substitute teacher at a DODEA school talk about why they prefer celebrating Christmas on Guam over their previous duty station in Alaska in “A Surfing Christmas at  Talofofo Bay” (Little Saint Nick by The Beachboys).

For many, the holiday season is a time of struggle with separation, loss and healing.  In this segment we are reminded of the sacrifices made by the sons and daughters of Guam and their families as Major Benjamin San Nicolas Guerrero (USMC retired) recalls Christmas eve 1967 when he departed Guam to return to the Vietnam Conflict, after three and a half months recuperation from serious wounds (I’ll Be Home for Christmas).  Another couple, Troy and Tricia Lizama, talk about the challenges of deployment and post-deployment adjustment in “Christmas Apart in the Horn of Africa and in Guam.” At the time of their year long separation, Troy was a member of the Guam Army National Guard,  Tricia was a member of the Air Force Reserves and they were parents of two small children (Blue Christmas by Amanda B, Muna). Reanna Naputi is the sister of PFC Richard Junior Degracia Naputi who was killed in Iraq on December 20, 2005.  On the 7th anniversary of his death, she talks about grieving their fallen hero and slowly “Getting Back Christmas” through the birth of her child and their family’s return to the nine day novena to the Christ child (Un Patgon - What Child is This?by Amanda B. Muna). 

We conclude this special episode with Capt. Christopher M. Hoyler, Public Affairs Officer, Anderson Air Force Base, who provides highlights of Operation Christmas Drop 2012 in Micronesia. Every year since 1952 joint forces across the Pacific come together for the longest standing humanitarian effort that the Department of Defense conducts (Here Comes Santa Claus by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters).

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