October 1, 2011
Contact: Dan Brown
Join park rangers this month for a variety of fun and interesting interpretive programs. Park Rangers will lead special guided tours of park sites and share personal stories of those who fought in the Pacific War. Programs provide visitors an opportunity to learn about park resources, the people we honor, and how events of the past still influence us today. For specific program details, please see the schedule of events.
All events are free and open to the public. Most programs occur outdoors at different locations and vary in length from thirty minutes to two hours. Hikes are moderate and short but traverse slippery and steep terrain, so wear appropriate footwear and attire. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, umbrellas, and insect repellant. In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or cancelled. For more information or questions on specific programs, call 333-4050 or visit www.nps.gov/wapa.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
Every day in October - Battle for the Aleutians: Learn about this forgotten chapter of World War II in a special exhibit on display at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center. The visitor center is located in Sumay in front of the Naval Station main gate and open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "Soldier's Story" - Meet at the restrooms for a short hike to the spectacular view at the Asan Ridge, then listen to a tragic story of one Marine who fought at Asan in 1944, and learn about the name he left behind. (1 hour)
Sunday, October 2 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Guam, Ever After" - Guam's role in World War II didn't stop with its Liberation. The years immediately following the war changed Guam forever. If you don't know how, you might be surprised to find out! (30 minutes)
Saturday, October 8 - 2 p.m. at Piti Guns - "Piti Guns Hike" - Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we'll caravan to the hiking trail that leads to three Japanese coastal defense guns above Piti. (45 minutes)
Sunday, October 9 - 2 p.m. at Ga'an Point - "We Fought for Guam" - Listen to the story of the brave men who experienced World War II as part of the 77th Army Infantry Division (30 minutes)
Saturday, October 15 - 2 p.m. at Fonte Plateau - "We have only our bare hands to fight with" - Discover the Japanese Command Post bunker and learn about the Japanese struggle to defend Guam. (30 minutes)
Sunday, October 16 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Prisoners" - By mid-October 1941, all military dependents on Guam had been evacuated, except for one. Hear the story of a young mother, a newborn, and five navy nurses who helped each other when war came to Guam. (30 minutes)
Saturday, October 22 - 9 a.m. at Visitor Center - Join a park ranger for the story of the Aleutian Islands campaign, and get up close and personal with our normally behind-the-scenes artifacts. (1 hour)
Sunday, October 23 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "People die, laws change, the land remains" - Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge through a fun hike. (45 minutes)
Saturday, October 29 - 2 p.m. at Ga'an Point - "The Southern Beach" - The fight for Orote Peninsula was brutal and costly. Discover the importance of this early objective in the fight for Guam. (30 minutes)
Sunday, October 30 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Soldier's Story" - Hear the story of one of Guam's sons, his World War II experience, and his harrowing return during the Battle of Guam. Did he really find what he was looking for? (30 minutes)