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 and Flight 93 Families President Gordon Felt honor the heroes of Flight 93. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
Gordon Felt speaks to Secretary Jewell about the names engraved on the Flight 93 National Memorial's wall. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Jeff Reinbold speaks with Secretary Jewell about the Memorial. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
Secretary Jewell, Superintendent Jeff Reinbold, and National Park Service Employees Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
National Park Service employees, family members, and volunteers, with Secretary Jewell carry lanterns into the Flight 93 National Memorial. Photo Credit: Tami A. Heilemann
On September 11, 2013 Secretary Jewell joined Jeff Reinbold, Flight 93 Families President Gordon Felt, DR. Brent Glass, Flight 93 Advisory Board Commissioner and National Park Service employees, volunteers and families in honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and all those who lost their lives on September 11th.
The observance of Flight 93 and September 11th took place at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The memorial in Shanksville, PA includes a memorial plaza and wall of names, a ring road that encircles the Field of Honor, and a visitor contact station.