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A memorial service was held Sunday for 18 civilians killed 60 years ago when a U.S. fighter jet crashed into an elementary school in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture.

The ceremony took place at Miyamori Elementary School, where the fighter from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa crashed on June 30, 1959. Relatives and friends of the victims and others offered silent prayers for those who died, including students of the municipal school.

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