02 Apr 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument Committee will pursue the construction of a monument on Saipan in honor of the first female American aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean — regardless of where her plane crashed.
A new study claims that bones found in 1940 on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro belonged to Amelia Earhart.
“She died in the Pacific, whether on Saipan or Nikumaroro. It’s not bad to have a monument that honors her,” said Rep. Donald Barcinas, president of the committee.
The committee’s main goal, Barcina said, is to honor and respect Earhart’s legacy.
“She rightfully deserves it,” he added.
He said the non-profit group has been getting strong support from groups and people in the U.S.
“It doesn’t matter what the truth is or if she really died on Saipan although there’s a lot of eyewitnesses who said she did die here,” Barcinas said.
The group’s plan is to build a 12-feet high bronze monument of Earhart in the area across from the American Red Cross office on Airport Road.
Barcinas said the Commonwealth Port Authority has already allowed the committee to use a portion of the site for the project.
However, he added, the Marianas Visitors Authority has recommended another location that is more accessible to tourists.
“They want us to build the monument in Garapan near American Memorial Park, the CNMI Museum or the old Japanese jail,” he said.
“MVA is very supportive about it and they also want us to increase the height of the monument from 12 to 18 feet,” Barcinas said, adding that they have also increased their budget from $150,000 to $200,000.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103345-committee-to-pursue-amelia-earhart-memorial-monument-project