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Park Programs February 2012

Students and a park ranger at Asan Beach, Guam.
Learn more about the War in the Pacific through an interpretive program!

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News Release Date: January 31, 2012
Contact: Dan 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 two hours. 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 FEBRUARY 2012

Every day in February - The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation for new museum exhibits. As a consequence, the theater and main exhibit area will be closed in February. The bookstore, however, will be open for your enjoyment, and park rangers are available to offer information at the front desk. 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, February 4 - 2 p.m. at Apaca Point - "Death Before Dishonor" -
Discover hidden fortifications along the Agat beach and learn about the Japanese struggle to defend Guam. (30 minutes)

Sunday, February 5 - 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)

Saturday, February 11 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "Ships of War" - Learn the story of one of the ships that fought in World War II and participated in the battle for Guam. (30 minutes)

Sunday, February 12 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Courage Through Faith" -
The plight of the Chamorros during the Japanese occupation came to a head in the tragic story of Father Jesus Baza Duenas, one of the two Catholic priests that remained on island. Find out how strong beliefs overcame the power of a brutal enemy force. (30 minutes)

Saturday, February 18 - 9 a.m. at Mt. Chachao/Mt. Tenjo - "Hike to Tenjo" - Meet at the Asan Bay Overlook and we'll caravan to a hiking trail that leads to Mt. Tenjo. Don't miss this opportunity to explore this rarely visited area with a park ranger! Please be advised: this is an arduous hike over difficult terrain and hikers will get dirty, muddy, and wet. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, a hat, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please bring water, a snack, gloves, and sunscreen.

Sunday, February 19 - 6 p.m. at Asan Beach - "Movie in the Park" - On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans. Join us for the movie "Snow Falling on Cedars," a murder mystery in which World War II prejudices against Japanese Americans plays a central role. The film is rated PG-13. (Two hours)

Saturday, February 25 - 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - "The Land Remains" - Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge through a fun hike. (45 minutes)

Sunday, February 26 - 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)

Did You Know?

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?