Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Secretary Jewell to Commemorate 75th Anniversary Of Marian Anderson's Concert at Lincoln Memorial
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WASHINGTON – On April 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join the Washington Performing Arts Society and local high school and elementary school children on the plaza of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate Marian Anderson's historic Easter Day concert in 1939.
The concert was arranged by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and then-Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson, one of the 20th Century's most accomplished singers, to perform at DAR Constitution Hall because she was African-American.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Robert Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir
Monamma AL-Ghuiyy, Park Ranger, President's Park
John W. Ross Elementary School Third Grade Choir
Karin Paludan, Teaching Artist, Washington Performing Arts Society
Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's Easter Sunday concert.
Lincoln Memorial Plaza.
11:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Satellite trucks may only access the Lincoln Memorial from Independence Avenue. There will be limited designated spaces available for trucks, first come first served, no spaces for crew vehicles.
Media wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP here by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 8.