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President’s Day, established by Act, is a public holiday held on November 17 in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in honor of the birthday of the RMI’s founding father, the late President Iroijlablab Amata Kabua. As in previous years, the special day was commemorated by a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the late president by President Jurelang Zedkaia and his Cabinet, and were joined by the surviving spouse of the late president, Mrs. Emlain Kabua, her family, members of the council of Iroij, Iroij Mike Kabua and Alap Bradley Mawilong of Kwajalein, members of the diplomatic corps, Chief Justice Carl Ingram, and other distinguished guests.
On February 9, the U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Clyde Bishop and United States Army at Kwajalein (USAKA) officials joined Republic of the Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing and his delegation in the Memorial Day observance of the liberation of Kwajalein during WWII. The event, sponsored by Kwajalein's traditional chiefs and the Ebeye community, is held annually to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of Kwajalein between the United States and Japan.
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