Thursday, Nov 30, 2006
On Friday, December 1st, Virgin Islands National Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
On August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 925, establishing Virgin Islands National Park. On December 1, 1956, a dedication ceremony was held in Cruz Bay wherein Laurance Rockefeller presented a donation deed, totaling 5,000 acres of land, to Department of Interior officials to make the park a reality. Virgin Islands National Park thereby became the 29th national park in the system.
The one-day anniversary event will commence with a mini-parade procession featuring a Junior ROTC color guard and the JDPP marching band. Director Mary Bomar will deliver the keynote address. Other presenters will include Southeast Regional Director Patricia Hooks; Southeast Deputy Regional Director Art Frederick (former Virgin Islands superintendent); the Honorable Charles W. Turnbull, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands; and the Honorable Donna Christensen, delegate to Congress.
The program will also include entertainment by the Lockhart Elementary School Quadrille Dancers, St. John School of the Arts, Pan Dragons Steel Orchestra, and cultural music by KoKo and the Sunshine Band. Food and refreshments will be provided through donations by the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park and Eastern National, the Parkâs Cooperating Association.
For more information, please contact Paul Thomas at (340) 776-6201, ext. 252.