The Friends of the Monument turned over 5593 signatures in support of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument at American Memorial National Park this afternoon. They also turned in 201 business petitions, that is petitions signed by business owners and managers.
Kudos to the Friends of the Monument and to Chairman Ignacio V. Cabrera for all their months of hard work. Over 60 volunteer signature gatherers helped collect the (now) 5600+ signatures over 4 months. Kudos also to the volunteers from Marianas High School and Saipan Southern High School who volunteered their time to put all the names into a database. Finally, kudos to Christina who punched holes in all the petition pages in order to load them into the binder.
Right after the Friends turned over the petitions to American Memorial Park I participated in a Beautify CNMI tree planting. Members of the Kanagawa Trucking Association from Japan were on Saipan and they wanted to become a part of Beautify CNMI.
Aya Matsumoto set up a tree planting event for them and we planted two young flame tree saplings at American Memorial Park. Cinta Kaipat and her family, Ranger Rheanna, Brad Doerr, Mr. Horiguchi from Paseo de Marianas Promoters and I were there to serve as Commonwealth Ambassadors to the visiting Japanese businessmen.
The visiting guests gave us Kanagawa Trucking Association shirts and several boxes of Yokohama Shiomai, which I take it is what Yokohama is known for. Not a bad afternoon, if you ask me.