Park hosts history, hikes, more

Park hosts history, hikes, more

by National Park Service
Stripes Guam

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 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 or visit www.nps.gov/wapa.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2014

Throughout June: The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center hosts spectacular exhibits and movies about Guam’s history and natural resources as well as an outstanding bookstore operated by Pacific Historic Parks, our supporting non-profit partner. The visitor center is located just outside Naval Base Guam main gate and is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

June 7, Saturday: 2 p.m. at Apaca Point - “The Impact of Chuuk” - The island-hopping campaign across the Pacific brought new challenges, yet large pay-off, for American forces. Learn about the devastation of Chuuk, a single step in the march toward Japan, but to its Micronesian residents, the only world they’d ever known. (30 minutes)

June 8, Sunday: 2 p.m. at Ga’an Point - “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)

June 14, Saturday: 2 p.m. at Piti Guns - “Guns Hike” - Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we’ll caravan to the short hiking trail that leads to three large coastal defense guns. Although these are the only guns in their original positions protected by the park, we’ll discover another reason why they are particularly unique. (1 hour)

June 15, Sunday: 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center - Science Sunday - Join us for an intriguing science presentation and discussion from a special guest speaker.  Call the visitor center for more details.  (1 hour)

June 21, Saturday: 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center - “Curator’s Corner”- When the 3d Marine Division stormed Asan Beach 70 years ago, they set foot on a place already layered with thousands of years of human history. Track Asan’s progression from village to battlefield to park through a special hands-on presentation. (2 hours)

June 22, Sunday: 9 a.m. at Asan Beach - “Soldier’s Story” - Meet at the restrooms for a short hike to the spectacular view from Asan Ridge, then listen to a tragic story of one Marine who fought here in 1944 and left his name he left behind. (1 hour)

June 28, Saturday: 2 p.m. at Asan Beach - “Prisoners” - By October 1941, all military dependents on island had been evacuated, except for one. Hear the story of a young mother and five navy nurses who bravely banded together when war came to Guam. (30 minutes)

June 29, Sunday: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center - “Calm Before the Storm” - View a special screening of the rare black-and-white and color movies of pre-war Guam. Learn about the Chamorro people that gave the ultimate sacrifice defending Guam from Japanese invasion in December, 1941. (30 minutes)

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