It’s that time of year again for our annual Liberation Picnic – join us as we celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam.
This year’s Liberation theme is “Håtsa: The Revitalization of our People and our Land! – Håtsa: I Rinueban i Taotao-Ta yan i Tano’-Ta!
The people of Guam are seeing a revitalization of i kotturan Guahan. The Chamorro people survived war and colonialism threatened to strip the island of its language and traditions. We have rebuilt our island; and our government and community is maturing. More of our children today are banidosu/proud about our culture, our history as a people, and to the land and sea that has sheltered and fed us for a millennium — this is a marked difference from previous generations. Today, we participate in elevated conversations — culture, music, and the arts; humanities are the center of discussion. It is an evolution of, not just who we are as a people, but how we view ourselves and our place in the world. We know where we come from and we have set our sights on moving our island beyond anything our forefathers and foremothers may have dreamed. We believe that coming from a small island is not a limitation to what we can accomplish. We believe that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to. We believe that our children will have the best because we will strive to give them the best.
The Guam Society has held a Liberation Picnic since its was established in 1952. This year continues the tradition with the oldest Guam Club/Organization in the United States. Information about the picnic and events is provided below:
Flyer for the picnic is shown above and can be downloaded here: Guam Liberation 72nd Anniversary in Maryland
This year’s Guam Society Liberation picnic will be held at Fort Meade, Maryland. We are looking forward to a fantastic picnic and to catching up with all of our members, family and friends.
This year’s co-chairpersons, Gerald Corpuz or Marie Taitague, along with the Liberation Picnic Committee have a great day planned for all to enjoy.
When: Saturday, July 9th, 2016, 12pm-7pm (for BBQ, we’ll be so happy to see you with marinated meats between 8am-10am).
Where: 902 Reece Road, Fort Meade, Maryland (Pavilion No. 4)
What: Pot Luck Event – we ask that you bring a dish to share or come with marinated meats for BBQ and two (2) 2-liter bottles of soda or water/BYOB – no glass bottles, please. (NOTE: If you wish to bring meats to BBQ, please bring between 8am-10am so that the meats can be cooked in time for the start of the picnic).
MILITARY FACILITY ACCESS REQUIREMENTS: If you do not have a DOD ID/CAC CARD – please RSVP for gate access by June 22, 2016 via email to LTCNJ@aol.com.
In your email provide: Full name (as shown on your state ID or Driver’s License), Date of Birth, License or ID Number and issuing State (i.e Virginia, Maryland, etc.) – this is needed for all members in your family/party who are 18 years or older.
DO NOT SEND ONE NAME and the number in your party – it will cause delays in gaining access to military base/facility.
*Bring your Party Gear! (tents, canopies, chairs, etc).
- DJ911 – for lots of dancing
- Meet the Guam Society Cherry Blossom Princess and Junior Princess and the 2015 Guam Liberation Queen
- Kutturan Chamoru Foundation Performances
- Music Entertainment and Dancing
- Contests, Raffles, Vendors
- 2016 Guam Society Scholarship Presentation
- Visit with the Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Guam’s Congresswoman & Guam VIPs
- Line dancing with the ladies of the Guam Society of America
POINTS OF CONTACT (Please contact after 5pm):Gerald Corpuz, Phone: (443) 306-6337 Marie (Benny) Taitague (443) 534-8533 and Pete Camit (478) 284-6996 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please RSVP via email to email@example.com by Wed, June 22, 2016, so we can make sure that there is enough food prepared. Look for signs for the parking areas & come early to set up.
Events like this are only possible with the support and dedication of members of the Guam Society of America. If you are not a member of the Guam Society, please consider joining the organization as a member while you’re at the picnic.HOW TO PREPARE AND HOW TO HELP (THIS IS SO IMPORTANT WE ARE LISTING IT TWICE – SO PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS A SMOOTH PROCESS FOR YOU): - Print out the invite with directions and picnic details. Also forward to family and friends. - If donating marinated meats for BBQ, please come between 8am to 10:00am - If you do not have a DOD ID, send your name for all members of your as written on your state ID or driver’s licensefamily and friends who are 18 years and older by June 22 to LTCNJ@aol.com. All names must be submitted to Fort Meade Security to ensure you are granted access when you arrive. In your email message, include in the subject line “Liberation Day” and the following:
- Last name, First Name, Middle Name;
- License or ID number; and the issuing state for your ID or License
HOW TO GET TO THE PICNIC: Be prepared to present ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at the gate
*From Washington D.C.: Take Interstate 95 or I295 N toward Baltimore to MD State Route 175 E. Follow 175 E until it turns into Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate. From Baltimore: Take Interstate 95 or I-295 S toward Washington, D.C. to MD State Route 175 E. Follow 175 E until it turns into Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate. From Annapolis: Take US 50/301 W to Interstate 97 N toward Baltimore. Take MD State Route 32 W toward Odenton/Fort Meade. Take MD State Route 175 W, Annapolis Road. Follow the signs to the Reece Road main gate.
*Directions to Pavilion #4 from Fort Meade Main Gate: After entering the gate, take the first left onto Ernie Pyle. After passing through the traffic light, take a right at Llwelyn and then turn left on Wilson. The GSA picnic will be at Pavilion no. 4. Please do not park on the grass.
*Need more information: Contact the following GSA volunteers after 5pm: Gerald Corpuz at 443-306-6337; Marie (Benny) Taitague at 443-534-8533; or Pete Camit at 478-284-6996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.