Park Programs August 2013
Contact: Daniel Brown, 671-333-4051
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 attached 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 one hour. Most 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.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013
Throughout August: The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center hosts spectacular exhibits and movies about the history and natural resources of Guam and an outstanding bookstore operated by Pacific Historic Parks, our supporting non-profit partner. The visitor center is open every day from9 am – 4:30 pmand is located just outside Naval Base Guam main gate.
August 3, Saturday: 2 pm at Apaca 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)
August 4, Sunday: 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook – “Death Before Dishonor” – Learn about the Japanese strategy to defend Guam from atop the ridges that lined Asan Beach. A park ranger shares their harrowing, heroic, haunting story. (30 minutes)
August 10, Saturday: 1 pm at the Visitor Center – “Curator's Corner: August 1943” – The world at war 70 years ago comes alive with a hands-on display of museum artifacts. The park curator also sheds light on what was breaking news in August 1943: Kiska, Munda Airfield, and PT-109. (Two hours)
August 11, Sunday: 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook – “Courage Through Faith” – The Chamorros' struggle during the Japanese occupation came to a head in the tragic story of Father Jesus Baza Duenas. Find out how strong beliefs overcame the power of a brutal enemy force. (30 minutes)
August 17, Saturday: 11 am and 2 pm at the Visitor Center – “Calm Before the Storm” – View a special screening of rare color movies of pre-war Guam. Learn about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending Guam in December 1941. (30 minutes)
August 18, Sunday: 2 pm at Piti Guns – “Guns Hike” – What's the silent secret in the jungle behind Piti? Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we'll caravan to the short hiking trail that leads to 3 large coastal defense guns. (45 minutes)
August 24, Saturday: 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook – “Prisoners” – By October 1941, all military dependents on Guam had been evacuated, except for one. Hear the story of a young mother and five navy nurses who banded together when war came to Guam. (30 minutes)
August 25, Sunday: 2 pm 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)
August 31, Saturday: 2 pm at Ga'an Point – “Agat Amtrac” – Find out how an offshore wreck shows the surprising, unintended destinies of the Marines and their machines during the War in the Pacific. (30 minutes)
Did You Know?
Fully one-third of all U.S. Marine deaths during the four-year War in the Pacific occurred during 36 days, in a single battle? That battle was Iwo Jima.