Former First Lady Elong Nakamura honored

Former First Lady Elong Nakamura honored

Former First Lady Elong Ebiledil Nakamura (right) in a photograph with her husband, Former Palau President Kuniwo Nakamura.  

National flag flies half-mast starting today for five days in honor of Former First Lady Elong Ebiledil Nakamura, wife of former President Kuniwo Nakamura, who recently passed away after undergoing dialysis for 23 years.

A Presidential Proclamation issued by President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., proclaimed appreciation of a grateful nation for the contributions of Former First Lady Elong Nakamura to the people of Palau.

It stated that the First Lady Elong Nakamura became a First Lady in January 1993 when her husband Kuniwo Nakamura became the sixth President of the Republic of Palau and again when he was re-elected in 1996.

Proclamation stated that First Lady Elong Nakamura was at the core of President Nakamura’s grassroots campaign during his two-terms in office, championing and advocating preserving Palauan values and fostering nation-building starting with family.

Former First Lady Elong Nakamura was a remarkable woman who contributed greatly to her family, her community and to the people of Palau.

She was a devoted wife for over 50 years, a loving mother and a cherishing grandmother to her children and grandchildren.

Former First Lady Elong Nakamura was called to her eternal rest at the age of 71 and is survived by her husband Former President Kuniwo Nakamura, their children and grandchildren, including Dr. Emais Roberts whom she referred to as “adopted son”.

Proclamation calls for all Palau flags to fly half-mast at all Embassies and Consulates of the Republic of Palau in her honor. (L.N. Reklai)

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