This year Father's Day was also the day the island was remembering the U.S. landing that began the Battle of Saipan in 1944. That battle was 70 years ago; it lasted 23 days later and when it was over, the island was no longer under Japanese control, but now belonged to the U.S.A. It is now part of the "Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands." (You're welcome for that little history lesson.)
There was a small parade to mark the occasion:
|Just being outside to watch the parade was almost unbearably hot. |
We were in the shade.
(I can't imagine what it must have been like for the marching band and others)
Later we went snorkeling to celebrate Father's Day.
We swam out to one of two partially-submerged tanks that rest near the shore, leftovers from the war. All kinds of exotic fish have congregated on the algae-covered tank. I don't have an underwater camera yet but I wished I did, on this little excursion.
Korean dinner to celebrate Daddy (of course!)
And then we got some grass jelly drinks (one of Jeremy's favorites) and took them to the beach to watch the sunset.