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Amelia Earhart birthday to be celebrated at NMI Museum

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THE Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument committee is holding a celebration in honor of Amelia Earhart’s birthday on Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the NMI Museum.

According to the event’s chair, AEMM committee board member Remi Sablan, the celebration is open to the public and will offer guests the opportunity to check out the NMI Museum’s new additions to its Amelia Earhart exhibit, including photos and testimonies of three key witnesses who claim to have seen Earhart on Saipan shortly after her Lockheed Model 10 Electra disappeared in the Central Pacific en route to Howland Island.

Sablan encouraged guests to check out the AEMM book sale during the event, where they can purchase copies of “Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last” by Mike Campbell and “My Life and Amelia Earhart's Saipan Legacy” by Marie Castro with Mike Campbell.

Sablan said there will also be birthday cup cakes.

Attendees must wear masks and observe social distancing rules. The museum has reduced its maximum occupancy, but Sablan said its open grounds will provide guests plenty of space to mingle before and after perusing the exhibit.

The AEMM committee recently drafted a Memorandum of Understanding with the NMI Museum regarding placing a monument to Amelia Earhart on the land surrounding the Old Japanese Jail.

Sablan said the AEMMI board of directors’ requested that the NMI Museum board provide land for the monument, a key step in the committee’s fundraising efforts.

The group has been working toward the creation of an Amelia Earhart monument on Saipan since its formation in 2017 and maintains that the monument would be a popular tourist attraction on Saipan, regardless of whether the theory that Earhart was brought to Saipan proves to be true.

 “Even President Trump did an executive order to build a monument for all American heroes,” Sablan told Variety, “and Amelia is one of them.”

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