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Park Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration

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avatar Park Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration
March 27, 2015 10:45AM
Yosemite National Park kicked off its celebration of the park's 125th anniversary with a ceremony at Yosemite Falls on Tuesday.

The theme of the event was “Youth of Today: Park Stewards of Tomorrow." Approximately 500 people attended the event, 300 of whom were students from the Yosemite region and Sacramento.

The guest of honor was Gabriel Lavan-Ying, better known as "Ranger Gabriel." Ranger Gabriel was named an Honorary Yosemite National Park Ranger last June through a visit arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ranger Gabriel addressed the crowd and was named honorary chairman of the park's 125th anniversary celebration by Superintendent Don Neubacher.

"The focus of today’s celebration and next year's centennial of the National Park Service is on young people,” said Neubacher. “The students of today will be the park stewards of tomorrow and we are making every effort to connect young people to national parks, an integral part of America's heritage, We are so pleased that Ranger Gabriel was here to help us kick off the anniversary. He is truly an inspiration to us all, and we're honored that he agreed to serve as the honorary chairman of the year-long anniversary celebration."

The event also featured five students, from third grade through university, reading letters to the future stewards of Yosemite National Park. Other highlights included an appearance by the Yosemite Mounted Patrol and the serving of commemorative cakes. After the brief ceremony, all of the students in attendance participated in educational activities related to Yosemite National Park and the importance of its preservation.
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