War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established in 1978 to commemorate the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those participating in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater of World War II. At War in the Pacific National Historical Park, the former battlefields, gun emplacements, trenches, and historic structures all serve as silent reminders of the bloody World War II battles. Join us for a guided tour of various park units, which will include stops at:
• The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center where interactive exhibits feature the latest technology, gripping personal stories, museum artifacts, and multiple language support. The visitor center theater offers a compelling 10-minute movie, The Battle for Guam, which serves as a great introduction to Guam’s role in WWII. Pacific Historic Parks operates a bookstore here with an impressive collection of educational publications on the Pacific War, Guam history, and the natural and cultural resources of this region.
• Asan Bay Overlook which serves as a memorial to those that lost their lives or suffered atrocities during the war. This unit features beautiful views of the sea-side villages of Asan and Piti and a perspective of the landing beaches used by Marines during the battle. The Asan Bay Overlook includes landscaped walkways, established view sheds, and several commemorative bronze sculptures which depict the events on Guam during the World War II Japanese occupation and battle in 1944.
• Asan Beach Unit, a preserved section of the northern landing beach for the 3rd Marine Division during the Battle for Guam on July 21, 1944. Historic resources such as pill boxes and gun emplacements are located side by side with memorials and monuments helping to tell the story of the struggle to liberate Guam.
This excursion is free and included with your conference registration, but space is limited and spots are available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your spot on the bus, please sign up when you check in at the information desk at the conference.