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Join park rangers this month for a variety of fun and interesting interpretive programs. Park Rangers will show movies, 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 below.
All events are free and open to the public. Most programs occur outside at different locations and vary in length from thirty minutes to three hours. 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 detailed information or if you have questions on specific programs, call 333-4050 or visit www.nps.gov/wapa.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
Every day in August – Battle for the Aleutians: learn about this forgotten chapter of the Pacific War and explore a special exhibit on display at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.
Saturday August 6 – 2 p.m. at Asan Beach – Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge. (45 minutes)
Saturday August 6 – 6:30 p.m. at Asan Beach – Movie in the Park! Join us and watch Day One, a dramatic portrayal of the top-secret Manhattan Project, and learn about the epic mission to build the atomic bomb and win World War II. (2 hours)
Sunday August 7 – 1 p.m. at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center – Join us in the visitor center theater for Hiroshima, a fascinating feature film about the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and the Japanese decision to surrender. (3 hours)
Saturday August 13 – 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook – “This island stands ready to fulfill its destiny as an American fortress in the Pacific.” What happened to Guam after liberation? You may be surprised! Join us to find out. (30 minutes)
Sunday August 14 – 2 p.m. at Fonte Plateau – “We have only our bare hands to fight with.” Discover the Japanese Command Post bunker and learn about the Japanese struggle to defend Guam. (30 minutes)
Saturday August 20 – 1 p.m. at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center – Curator’s Corner presentation on the battle of Guadalcanal. A display of artifacts from the park’s museum collection will accompany the presentation. (2 hours)
Sunday August 21 – 2 p.m. at Piti Guns – Meet in front of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Piti and hike to three Japanese coastal defense guns. (45 minutes)
Saturday August 27 – 2 p.m. at Asan Beach – "This is the day I will die." Step back in time as rangers tell the story of one brave Marine who liberated Guam. (30 minutes)
Sunday August 28 – 2 p.m. at Ga'an Point – “We fought for Guam.” Listen to the story of the 77th Army Division. (30 minutes)