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This Week at Interior July 5, 2013


July 5, 2013


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THIS WEEK… AT INTERIOR…

 

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS DESCENDED ON THE SMALL PENNSYLVANIA TOWN OF GETTYSBURG THIS WEEK… TO REMEMBER THE THREE DAYS IN JULY OF 1863 WHEN TWO ARMIES BATTLED HERE. THE EVENTUAL UNION VICTORY WOULD HELP TO TURN THE TIDE OF THE CIVIL WAR.

 

This is one of America’s sacred places. The national parks hold the places that are sacred to us as a people because they represent not only where we have been but who we are and who we aspire to be.

 

I believe with all my heart that history is about telling stories. Stories about people who lived before, about events in the past that create the contours of the present. By studying the lives of others we hope that we the living can learn from their struggles and their triumphs.

 

THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG HAS BEEN A WEEK LONG AFFAIR, WITH SPECIAL CEREMONIES, BATTLEFIELD TOURS, AND COMBAT RE-ENACTMENTS, INCLUDING THE CLIMAX OF THE BATTLE, THE PIVOTAL CONFEDERATE CHARGE LED BY GENERAL PICKETT.

 

INTERIOR SECRETARY SALLY JEWELL VISITED THE INCIDENT COMMAND POSTS FOR THE YARNELL AND DEAN PEAK FIRES IN ARIZONA THIS WEEK... NINETEEN FIREFIGHTERS TRAGICALLY LOST THEIR LIVES FIGHTING THE YARNELL FIRE SUNDAY… IN THEIR HONOR, JEWELL DIRECTED FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFFT AT ALL INTERIOR ASSETS. SHE SAYS INTERIOR STANDS READY TO PROVIDE WHATEVER ASSISTANCE ARIZONA NEEDS TO PUT OUT THE FIRE AND PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.

 

SECRETARY JEWELL JOINED SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID THIS WEEK IN LAS VEGAS, TO ANNOUNCE THAT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL PLANS TO BLANKET THE ROOFTOP OF THE MANDALAY BAY RESORT WITH THOUSANDS OF SOLAR PANELS BY 2014. THE EXPECTED 20-THOUSAND PANELS WILL GENERATE SIX-POINT-TWO MEGAWATTS OF POWER…THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES ON THE HEELS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S COMPREHENSIVE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION, AND MOVE THE ECONOMY TOWARD AMERICAN MADE CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES… 

 

ON HER SWING THROUGH THE WESTERN UNITED STATES THIS WEEK, SECRETARY JEWELL VISITED SOME  SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS BEING BUILT ON PUBLIC LANDS, AND JOINED BUREAU OF RECLAMATION COMMISSIONER MIKE CONNOR FOR A TOUR OF THE HISTORIC HOOVER DAM.

 

HISTORY MADE THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK HARBOR, WHERE SECRETARY JEWELL CELEBRATED INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH THE REOPENING OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. PARTS OF LIBERTY ISLAND WERE DAMAGED WHEN HURRICANE SANDY SWEPT ASHORE IN OCTOBER, AND THE STATUE HAD BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC SINCE THAT SUPER STORM… SECRETARY JEWELL JOINED NEW YORK MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, PARK SERVICE DIRECTOR JON JARVIS AND OTHER DIGNITARIES IN A CEREMONIAL RIBBON CUTTING TO MARK THE STATUE’S RE-OPENING.

 

AND IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED ON THE NATIONAL MALL FOR THE ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SHOW… THE 20-MINUTE DISPLAY OFFERS A BACKDROP LIKE NO OTHER, WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE U-S CAPITOL, THE LINCOLN AND JEFFERSON MEMORIALS, AND THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT. AND FROM ALL OF US HERE AT INTERIOR, HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.