Park to host memorial flag display
War in the Pacific National Historical Park will host a commemorative flag display at Asan Beach on Saturday, May 23 in observance of Memorial Day. As part of Memorial Day events at national parks across the nation, over 3,050 United States and Guam flags will be placed at Asan Beach. Each U.S. flag will represent one of the 1,880 U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen who were killed or died from wounds suffered during the 1941 Japanese invasion and 1944 battle to liberate Guam. Each Guam flag will represent one of the 1,170 Chamorro people who died during the Japanese occupation and battle for Guam.
The flags will be installed by volunteers beginning Saturday, May 23 and will be on public display until Tuesday, May 26. Volunteer support is needed. This is a great opportunity to join the Find Your Park movement to spread the word about the amazing places we manage, the inspirational stories that the national parks tell, and our diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It's about the National Park Service working in your community through education programs, community assistance projects, and more. At War in the Pacific National Historical Park, you can participate in Find Your Park experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. If you are interested in helping, please sign up by calling Dan Brown at 333-4051. We extend a sincere thank you to the Navy Seabees who have helped us over the years laying the grid for the flags.
Please join War in the Pacific National Historical Park for Memorial Day weekend as we remember and honor those that died serving our nation. For more information, call 333-4050 or visit www.nps.gov/wapa.