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Designer of territory’s flag will be laid to rest this week

The American Samoan native, who designed the territory’s national flag,  passed away last month and will be laid to rest this week. According to a family announcement, The Rev. Uinifareti Rapi Sotoa passed away June 8 this year. The cause of death has not being disclosed.

“Life is, but a stopping place. A pause in what is to be. A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity,” according to a family announcement published in the Samoa News this week.

In a general memorandum issued yesterday, governor Togiola Tulafono ordered that the Territorial flag shall be used during Sotoa’s funeral service in remembrance of the late church minister, who designed the American Samoa flag. He says Sotoa was a wise figure full of compassion and humility. The governor described Sotoa as a man who loves his church and the territory and he will be remembered by many in American Samoa.

A family service is scheduled for 5p.m. today at the LBJ Medical Center Chapel with final funeral service set for Friday. Additionally details in tomorrow’s edition.