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Contact: Benjamin Hayes, 671-333-4051
Join park rangers this month to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Guam with 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 JULY 2013
Throughout July: 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 from 9 am – 4:30 pm and is located just outside Naval Base Guam main gate.
July 6, Saturday: 2 pm at Asan Beach - “A Marine’s Story” - Join us for a short walk and learn about the story of a Marine that left his name behind. (30 minutes)
July 7, Sunday: 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook - “A Sailor'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)
July 13, Saturday: 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 Duenas. How did strong beliefs overcome the power of a brutal enemy force? (30 minutes)
July 14, Sunday: 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)
July 20, Saturday: 2 pm at Fonte Plateau - “Only our Bare Hands” - Discover the Japanese Command Post bunker and learn the story of its last inhabitants. (30 minutes)
July 21, Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm at the visitor center: Need a break from the sun after the parade? The visitor center is open all day to explore and learn the whole story of Guam’s liberation.
July 21, Sunday: 2 pm at the 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)
July 27, Saturday: 2 pm at Asan Beach - “Three Weeks of Hell” - The battle of Guam raged across the island for weeks. Meet at the restrooms and learn about the entire battle through a fun hike. (45 minutes)
July 28, Sunday: 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook - “Guam Ever After” - Guam's role in World War II didn't stop with its Liberation. The years immediately following the war changed Guam forever. If you don’t know how, you might be surprised to find out! (30 minutes)