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Park programs during Liberation Month

June 30, 2011
Marines land on Asan Beach, Guam

Marines land on Asan Beach, Guam / July 21, 1944

On Guam, July is “Liberation Month.” This year, the island celebrates the 67th anniversary of the World War II battle that brought it from Japanese occupation back into American hands. Yes, now the US military was only 1,500 miles from Tokyo, but in addition, thousands and thousands of islanders – Chamorros – had been released from a harsh enemy occupation.

In honor of this month and all that we celebrate, War in the Pacific National Historical Park rangers will lead special guided tours and share personal stories of those who fought to liberate Guam in 1944.  These programs provide visitors an opportunity to learn about park resources, the people we honor, and how events of the past influence us today.  For specific program details, please see the 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 two hours.  Visitors are encouraged to bring water, umbrellas, and insect repellant.  Hikes are moderate and short but traverse slippery and steep terrain, so wear appropriate footwear and attire.  In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or cancelled.  For detailed information or if you have questions, call 671-333-4050, visit http://www.nps.gov/wapa, or stop by the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.  The visitor center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in Sumay outside the Naval Station main gate.

Every day in July – “Real People. Real Stories.” Check out the Guam War Survivors Exhibit from the Office of Senator Frank Blas, Jr. on display at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay.

Saturday, July 2 – 2 p.m. at Asan Beach – Meet at the restrooms and explore Asan Ridge, 45 minutes.

Sunday, July 3 – 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook – Listen to a “Soldier’s Story,” 30 minutes.

Saturday, July 9 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Asan Beach – Armed Services Recognition Day.

Sunday, July 10 – Fonte Plateau – Meet at the bunker on Route 6  one mile north of Top O’ the Mar and discover the Japanese Command Post, 30 minutes.

Saturday, July 16 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center – See artifacts and listen to a special Curator’s Corner presentation on the battle for Guam.

Saturday, July 16 – 2 p.m. at Asan Beach – Listen to a “Sailor’s Story,” 30 minutes.

Sunday, July 17 – 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, July 23 – 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook – Hear about the 3rd Marine Division’s struggle to take Nimitz Hill, 30 minutes.

Sunday, July 24 – 2 p.m. at Apaca Point – Learn about the fight to capture Orote Peninsula, 30 minutes.

Saturday, July 30 – 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook – Learn about what happened to Guam after liberation, 30 minutes.

Sunday, July 31 – 2 p.m. at Ga’an Point – Listen to the story of the 77th Army Division, 30 minutes.

A park ranger gives a talk at the Asan Bay Overlook.

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