With the theme “A Legacy of Peace and Friendship,” the 75th Liberation Day parade was hyped to be the biggest and best as the island came together to celebrate. July 21 marks the 75th anniversary of the island's liberation from Japanese occupation by the United States.

Under sunny skies Sunday, the procession of floats, performers and marching units delivered, according to paradegoers. Starting at Adelup, the procession made its way up Marine Corps Drive to the grandstand full of dignitaries in the capital village of Hagåtña.

Thousands of residents watched from the roadsides. Some had been camped out since Saturday.

John Palomo came home from Killeen, Texas, to witness the landmark celebration.

“I want to see my friends and family and watch the parade again after so many years,” Palomo said. He last watched the parade in 2006 and said it was about more than having a good time for him.

“The 75th is really about honoring our fallen CHamoru heroes that were here for the war,” Palomo said.

Dony Sawchuk and his wife, Sheri, who recently moved to Guam from California, witnessed the parade for the first time.

“We are so proud to be here for the parade. We did not want to miss it. This is just something we wanted to be a part of, and it’s an honor,” he said.

Guam Del. Michael San Nicolas said the people of Guam are always so happy to celebrate the island's liberation.

"It’s been 75 years since our people have gone through what they went through, and we are stronger than ever and as patriotic as ever," San Nicolas said.

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