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.
Salazar, Berry and Johnson Kick off Week of Federal Activities Honoring Veterans
The United States Navy Band, headquartered at the Navy Yard, Washington D.C., performs at the kickoff event to honor veterans. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
The Military District of Washington Joint Services Color Guard does the Presentation of the Colors. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar gives opening remarks at the joint veterans day program hosted at the at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
“The unemployment rate for our men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is appalling to the President and to me. We've only begun to move the needle," said OPM Director John Berry. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Martha Johnson, General Services Adminstration Administrator delivers her remarks. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Joseph Kennedy, Executive Director of OPM's Council on Veterans Employment Executive Director, delivered the keynote address. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
United States Park Police Lt. David Mulholland shares a success story of a veteran hire in his office. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
OPM's Roland Edwards share's a veteran success storie of Quewetta Fernando, a former Army Specialist. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
GSA's William F. Webster, Motor Vehicle and Card Services Manager, and Vietnam veteran, shares the success story of veteran hire Verlinda Blake. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
Veteran and GSA employee Verlinda Blake speaks about the transition from Air Force Master Sgt. to civil servant at the program honoring veterans. Photo by: Ricardo Lewis, NPS
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson today kicked off a week of events to honor veterans, praising their service and sacrifices to the nation. They also delivered a report on the Administration's initiatives to help returning veterans re-enter civilian life and find meaningful employment.