Issie at Banzai Cliff, Saipan.
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I loved the juxtaposition of Issie (grandkid #2) and the quote behind her.
This is a very moving and strangely peaceful place, where more than 20,000 Japanese civilians and soldiers committed suicide, some from Laderan Bandero (now called Suicide Cliff, behind the monument) and some from Puntan Sabaneta (Banzai Cliff, behind the camera). The civilians had been told that the Americans would kill them and their babies, while the soldiers were simply following their code of honour.
The quotation is one that I cherish, as it implies that questioning information is better than acting on mis-information, which could have saved so many lives in this very spot. It is an amazing place to visit, with lots of monuments raised here to family members who perished.
May we all bring up our children to seek the truth for themselves, and not blindly follow what they are told.
In the Saipan Photos photo essay.
Also by Steve Baker
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