Restoration at American Memorial Park
American Memorial Park
Jovannalyn Mafinas, Education Specialist at American Memorial Park
The Court of Honor and Flag Circle was dedicated on June 15, 1994, the 50th Anniversary of the American landings on Saipan. The Court of Honor is a memorial to honor the American military personnel who died during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. In honor of their sacrifices, the names of 5,204 fallen servicemen are inscribed on the memorial plaques surrounding the Flag Circle. The Flag Circle has the American flag displayed in the center, surrounded by the flags of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard, the armed service divisions that participated in the campaign. For many years, the Court of Honor and Flag Circle has been a symbol of American Memorial Park and its mission.
On August 2, 2015, Saipan took a direct hit from Super Typhoon Soudelor, one of the strongest storms of that year. The island was devastated and a state of disaster and emergency was declared. Many homes were destroyed, and the entire island was without running water and power for months. American Memorial Park received much damage as well. Many trees had fallen, lights were broken, the Visitor Center Theater was damaged and the center pole of the Flag Circle holding up the American flag broke off.
The community was happy to see American Memorial Park recovering from the damages caused by Typhoon Soudelor through restorations throughout the park.