Memorial Day 2011
Contact: Benjamin Hayes, 671-333-4050
War in the Pacific National Historical Park will host a commemorative flag display and Movie in the Park on Saturday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. As part of Memorial Day events at national parks across the nation, over 3,000 United States and Guam flags will be placed at Asan Beach. Each U.S. flag will represent one of the 1,866 U.S. soldiers, sailors, and marines who were killed or died from wounds suffered during the battle to liberate Guam. Each Guam flag will represent one of the 1,167 Chamorro people who died during the Japanese occupation and battle for Guam.
The public is invited to help place flags in memory of the fallen. The flags will be installed by volunteers beginning at 7 a.m. on May 28 and will be on public display until Tuesday, May 31.
The park will also host a Movie in the Park on Saturday, May 28 featuring Episode One of the award winning Ken Burns series, The War. Further episodes will be shown at the park’s visitor center and additional information will be available. The program dramatically illustrates the cataclysmic events of World War II through the extraordinary, personal stories of brave American men and women who experienced the war at home and abroad. The public is invited to join us under the stars at Asan Beach on Saturday, May 28 for this free event. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, flashlights, umbrellas, and insect repellant.
Please join War in the Pacific National Historical Park for the Memorial Day weekend as we remember and honor those that died serving our nation. For more information, call 671-333-4050.
Did You Know?
Guam's Chamorro people cultivate such staple foods as coconut, breadfruit, kapok, lime, and mango? Chamorros are not only farmers, but like their ancient ancestors, many are excellent navigators and fishermen.