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Amelia Earhart: A Pacific Legacy

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 19, 2012


On March 20, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host an event to celebrate Amelia Earhart and the United States’ ties to our Pacific neighbors. Secretary Clinton will be joined by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The event will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m.

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left the Territory of New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) en route  Howland Island in the South Pacific, but they never arrived. Tuesday’s event will underscore America’s spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart, and our commitment to seizing new opportunities for cooperation with Pacific neighbors founded on the United States’ long history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

The event will be open to press coverage in the Ben Franklin Room on the 8th Floor.

Pre-set time for cameras: 7:45 a.m. from C Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. from 23rd Street Entrance.


Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2012/403


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