31 May American Memorial Park
The American Memorial Park, located on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, serves as a living memorial for the fallen soldiers and local civilians who lost their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II.
For some historical context — before the Mariana Islands were part of the United States, it was under the control of Japan. Still, the islands were viewed as a valuable asset to the United States because of its strategic location (it is only approximately 1,400 miles away from Japan). In efforts to bring the war to an end, the U.S. came up with a plan — the Marianas Campaign of WWII. This plan was to take over Mariana island nation because its strategic location allowed the U.S. to take the necessary measures to make Japan surrender and put an end to WWII.
It is almost 45 years since the park has been established, and since then it has honored all the brave soldiers and locals that lost their lives during this time in history. Not only does the park serve and honor those who have gone before us, but it continues to serve many others today who come by to enjoy the space- whether it be for picnics, birdwatching, fishing, exercise, or other recreational activities.