Park Programs December 2012
Contact: Dan Brown, 671-333-4051
Join park rangers 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 below 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 DECEMBER 2012
Have you seen our new exhibits? The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center hosts spectacular new exhibits, a 10-minute movie, and an outstanding bookstore operated by Pacific Historic Parks, our non-profit partner. The visitor center is open from 9 am - 4:30 pm daily and is located just outside Naval Base Guam main gate.
Saturday, December 1 - 2 pm 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 US Army 77th Infantry Division. (30 minutes)
Sunday, December 2 - 1 pm at the Visitor Center - "Utter Devastation" - Learn about the U.S. strategic bombing of Japan from the Mariana Islands, a highly important campaign that brought an abrupt end to the Pacific War. (90 minutes)
Saturday, December 8 - 2 pm at the Visitor Center - "Calm Before the Storm" - Stop by the visitor center for a special screening of rare color movies of pre-war Guam and learn about the Chamorro people that gave the ultimate sacrifice defending Guam from Japanese attack and invasion that began on December 8, 1941. (30 minutes)
Sunday, December 9 - 1 pm at the Visitor Center - "Map Talk" - Stop by the visitor center and learn about the World War II island-hopping strategy. (20 minutes)
Saturday, December 15 - 2 pm at Asan Beach - "The Land Remains" - Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge through a fun hike. (45 minutes)
Sunday, December 16 - 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook - "Ships of War" - Listen to the stories of the ships that fought in World War II and in the Battle for Guam. (30 minutes)
Saturday, December 22 - 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook - "Bravery and Sacrifice" - Step back in time as you hear the story of one courageous Marine who helped liberate Guam… and left his name behind. (30 minutes)
Sunday, December 23 - 2 pm at Asan Beach - "A Sailor's Story" - Join us for a look at pre-war Guam and learn how one young man became caught up in the tragedy of war. (30 minutes)
Tuesday, December 25 - Park Closed
The visitor center and all park facilities will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.
Wednesday, December 26 - Visitor Center Closed
The visitor center will be closed due to a scheduled power outage.
Saturday, December 29 - 2 pm at Visitor Center - "Through the Pacific War" - Here's your chance to explore our new museum exhibits with a park ranger. Tour the interactive displays, games, and laser programs, and stay for a special presentation of one of the most unique features. (30 minutes)
Sunday, December 30 - 2 pm at Apaca Point - "Ranger's Choice" - Discover hidden fortifications along the Agat beach and learn about the Japanese struggle to defend Guam. (30 minutes)
Tuesday, January 1 - Park Closed
The visitor center and all park facilities will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.
Did You Know?
Nearly 70 years ago, by forced labor, Chamorros built many of the Japanese fortification and defense structures that can be seen throughout the park and island?