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This Week at Interior September 13, 2013


September 13, 2013


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THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR…

 

My daughter, Deora Frances Bodley

 

(Bell rings)

 

SOLEMN CEREMONIES THIS WEEK IN A PEACEFUL PENNSYLVANIA FIELD, NOW A FIELD OF HONOR… SECRETARY JEWELL AMONG THOSE MARKING THE 12TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS, AT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL IN SHANKSVILLE… SHE SPOKE IN FRONT OF THE MARBLE WALLS WHICH FEATURE THE FORTY NAMES OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW ON FLIGHT 93 

 

This Memorial we are surrounded by today protects and honors the remains of these heroes and ensures that generations from now, the story of Flight 93, and the inspiration that it gives to all of us, will help all of us, who come after us, think about ‘What would I do? How would I behave? How can I learn from this and shape my life accordingly?’

 

AFTER THE CEREMONIAL READING OF THE NAMES THE SECRETARY JOINED THE FLIGHT 93 FAMILY MEMBERS, AS THEY ENTERED THE CEREMONIAL GATE AND VISITED THE CRASH SITE…

 

EARLIER THE SECRETARY JOINED FAMILY MEMBERS AND PARK OFFICIALS AS THEY BROKE GOUND ON THE NEXT PHASE OF THE MEMORIAL, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A VISITOR AND EDUCATION CENTER, MEMORIAL TREE GROVES AND A WALKWAY… THE NEW VISITOR CENTER is EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 2015. SECRETARY JEWELL ALSO JOINED FAMILY MEMBERS AT SUNSET, FOR A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL TO HONOR ALL OF THOSE LOST ON FLIGHT 93.

 

THE SECRETARY THIS WEEK JOINING FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON, AND CLINTON FOUNDATION VICE CHAIR CHELSEA CLINTON, AT A WHITE HOUSE FORUM TO COUNTER WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING. JEWELL ANNOUNCED MEMBERS OF A PANEL THAT WILL ADVISE THE SECRETARY AND A WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE, ON WAYS TO FIGHT WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING AND POACHING… JEWELL ALSO ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO DESTROY SOME SIX TONS OF ELEPHANT IVORY SEIZED BY SPECIAL AGENTS AND WILDLIFE INSPECTORS FOR VIOLATIONS OF U.S. WILDLIFE LAWS.

 

FIFTY-FIVE MILLION SCHOOL KIDS ARE ABOUT TO LEARN THAT AMERICA’S 401 NATIONAL PARKS, *AREN’T* JUST FOR VACATIONS… NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DIRECTOR JONATHAN JARVIS THIS WEEK VISITED HYATTSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MARYLAND TO LAUNCH A NEW NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ONLINE PORTAL FOR EDUCATORS. NPS.GOV/TEACHERS USES SPECTACULAR NATURAL LANDSCAPES TO TEACH SCIENCE, AND AUTHENTIC LOCATIONS TO RELATE HISTORY, WHERE IT HAPPENED. JARVIS CALLS THE SITE A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN REALIZING THE PARK SERVICE’S POTENTIAL WHEN IT COMES TO *PLACE-BASED* EDUCATION, AND SECRETARY JEWELL SAID THE SITE WILL HELP STUDENTS BUILD A LIFE-LONG CONNECTION WITH NATURE, HISTORY, AND THE BROAD AND DIVERSE CULTURE OF OUR NATION.

 

THE SECRETARY THIS WEEK IS APPLAUDING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S NOMINEE FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INSULAR AREAS… ESTHER KIA’AINA CURRENTLY SERVES WITH THE HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES. IF CONFIRMED BY THE U.S. SENATE, KIA’AINA WILL REPLACE ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY EILEEN SOBECK, WHO HAS HELD THAT POSITION SINCE FEBRUARY.

 

THE SECRETARY THIS WEEK SWORE IN JONODEV CHAUDHURI AND DANIEL LITTLE, TO SERVE AS ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONERS FOR THE NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION. LITTLE PREVIOUSLY  SERVED ON THE COMMISSION, AND WAS SWORN IN FOR A SECOND THREE-YEAR TERM... CHAUDHURI WAS RECENTLY NOMINATED BY SECRETARY JEWELL TO JOIN LITTLE AND OUTGOING CHAIRWOMAN TRACIE STEVENS.

 

AND SOME NEW IMAGES THIS WEEK OF THE SECRETARY’S TOUR LAST WEEK … SECRETARY JEWELL WAS IN HONOLULU FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL NATIVE HAWAIIAN CONVENTION… THAT’S WHERE SHE MET WITH THE HONOULIULI PARK SITE ADVISORY COMMITTEE… A LOCAL GROUP THAT WANTS TO PRESERVE THE SITE OF A JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMP FROM WORLD WAR TWO… AFTER HER VISIT TO THE REMAINS OF THE CAMP SITE, JEWELL CALLED IT A PLACE YOU CAN SENSE AND SEE HISTORY… THAT IT’S AN IMPORTANT STORY THAT SHOULD BE TOLD… AND LATER… A SOLEMN VISIT TO THE PLACE WHERE THE STORY OF AMERICA’S INVOLVEMENT IN WORLD WAR TWO BEGAN… A VISIT TO THE USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL IN PEARL HARBOR. THE SECRETARY HONORED THOSE WHO PERISHED IN THE ATTACK ON DECEMBER 7TH, 1941… SHE ALSO SPOKE TO THE LIVING VETERANS WHO SURVIVED THAT DAY OF INFAMY NEARLY 72 YEARS AGO.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.