Scores of supporters of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument descended upon the Hyatt Regency to welcome James Connaughton, Lyle Laverty and Sean Morton to Saipan. Led by Ike Cabrera, Cinta Kaipat, Ed Salas, Dave Sablan, Chailang Palacios, Agnes McPhetres, and many others, over 65 supporters stood on the curb to welcome the federal officials to our island home.
As the Department of Public Safety neared the group of orange clad supporters, it slowed to a stop and James Connaughton stepped out and shook hands with every single person out there to greet him.
When I shook his hand he said, "Hello, I'm Jim Connaughton and I work with President Bush."
I simply replied, "Welcome to Saipan."
It took a lot of hard work from a lot of hard working individuals to get to where we are today. Thank you, everybody.
...and don't forget to wear orange all week!