America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
Almost 4,000 miles west of Pearl Harbor, the American territory of Guam was among the islands captured by Japanese forces in the early days of World War II. Thirty-one months later, an invasion by more than 59,000 American troops recaptured the island. One of the many victories that helped America defeat Japan is commemorated at War in the Pacific National Historical Park, including Asan Bay, where the Third Marine Division landed.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
About 15,000 feet of passages have been mapped in the main cave at Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve, at a few million years old a relatively young cave but among the earlier sites protected by the Antiquities Act in 1909. The only subterranean river to receive National Wild and Scenic River status, the River Styx flows through a portion of the cave.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area meanders north of Atlanta, providing a nearby retreat from the bustling city. In 2012, the river was named a National Water Trail to encourage outdoor recreation and community stewardship of the stream. Hiking, canoeing, fishing and other activities lure in more than 2.8 million visitors annually, ranking the area in the top 40 of all NPS sites.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
Born from the effort to build a road serving tourists traveling to Mount Vernon, the George Washington Memorial Parkway is possibly the most under-appreciated National Park Service units, with 7.2 million visitors a year. The parkways runs 25 miles along the south bank of the Potomac River, passing by more than two dozen recreational sites and wildlife refuges.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
View of the Teton Range through the Cunningham Cabin window in Grand Teton National Park. (NPS/S. Zenner)

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