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American Memorial Park Centennial Events
2016 –Throughout the Year/Monthly Events
Experience Your National Park Adventure –A museum scavenger hunt, translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean will be developed to help international visitors interact with the parks' visitor center/ museum exhibits in a more meaningful way. Youth and adult participants will receive a keepsake sticker.
Find Your Park Interpretive Messaging –Centennial messaging will be incorporated into various pre-scheduled park ranger-led programs. This can range from formal interpretive talks to informal roving around the park.
War Dogs Day –Platoons of war dogs came to Saipan to assist with the war effort, and passed their genes down to local dogs today. This event celebrates the commonly-overlooked labors of the courageous war dogs and their handlers.
"Every Fourth Grader in the Park" Program (February through March) –Inspiring youths to become future stewards by helping them get to the park, learn about park resources, history, and careers through various engaging fun activities and programs. Funds provided by the National Park Foundation –Every Kid in a Park Transportation Grant Program and our non-profit partners Pacific Historic Parks.
Find Your Park –Partners Pacific Historic Parks is offering free busing to all Saipan ninth grade classrooms to visit American Memorial Park. Guided tours of the exhibits and memorials will be led, followed by demonstrations of what they learned while at the park.
Battle of Saipan Anniversary –On June 15, American Memorial Park will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Saipan with a wreath ceremony in honor of our WWII Veterans.
Soldier Skills Day – Compass use and orienteering was an important part of every World War II soldier's training. Scavenger hunts and geocaching programs will teach survival skills and new technologies to local students, as well as familiarizing them with American Memorial Park.
World Peace Day – The bomb that changed the war left from the nearby island of Tinian. Park staff and partners will engage local schoolchildren in making origami cranes of peace that will be sent to the Children's Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan.