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.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis speaks at the 2012 DOI Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Law enforcement officers applaud at the 2012 DOI Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Law enforcement officers give thanks to the 4,000 law enforcement officers who serve in the Department in a wreath laying ceremony. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Bagpiper plays to memorialize fallen law enforcement officers. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
On Monday, May 14, 2012, the Department will host a law enforcement officer memorial ceremony in Yates Auditorium at the Stuart Udall Department of the Interior Building. The ceremony is a time to give thanks to the 4,000 law enforcement officers who serve in the Department of the Interior and to pay special tribute to the 139 DOI officers that have died in the line of duty since the Department's founding in 1849.