On Tuesday, October 25th, 2005, The Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities Annual Award Ceremony was held at the Aqua Resort Club on the island of Saipan. Hosted by the Governors Office, the awards ceremony recognized outstanding individuals in the community and honored those agencies, organizations, and businesses that have made significant contributions to the humanities in the last year.
Three of the recipients, Kathy Perry Andersen, Maya Kara, and Genevieve S. Cabrera, were honored for their instrumental role in helping research and plan for the Marianas Memorial at the American Memorial Park. The Marianas Memorial honors those 933 civilians who lost their lives during the Battle of Saipan. The elegantly carved black granite memorial lists the names of those who perished during the invasion and lists their age at the time of death. This was the first memorial to recognize the loss of local civilian lives (mostly Chamorros and Carlolinians) during WWII in the Marianas. In addition to these three women being recognized for their work on the Marianas Memorial at American Memorial Park, the American Memorial Park itself received a plaque and was commended in its own right for the parks contributions to the Northern Mariana Islands community during the 2004- 2005 year.