Am. Samoa prepares for Centennial Celebration year 2000

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 14, 19987 - Samoa News)--- When the United States claimed six islands of the Eastern Samoa group back in April, 1900, the area, under the administration of the U.S. Navy, became known as the U.S. Territory of American Samoa.

Now, the Territory is preparing to host its 100th Centennial Celebration --three years from now in the year 2000-- with the Navy participating.

The Department of the Navy has accepted Governor Tauese Sunia's invitation to take part in the Celebration by improving various historical sites throughout the territory.

The 100th Celebration is scheduled tentatively to start April 15, 2000 with a special appearance of the Blue Angels air team.

Although its not confirmed yet from the White House, President Bill Clinton recently reassured Governor Tauese personally that he will visit American Samoa during the year 2000, either for the Centennial Celebration or during a stop-over on his way to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The Governor plans to ask National Football League Commissioner Paul Taglibue to schedule a pre-season NFL game in American Samoa during 2000, since an increasing number of the NFL pre-season games are held outside of the continental United States for promotional purposes.

To attract as many Samoans from off-island as possible, the Governor also has convinced Hawaiian Airlines to be the official "Centennial Carrier."

In return for the designation, Hawaiian Airlines has agreed, in principle, to start a "family package" sales campaign that will provide affordable air fares for Samoan families and other friends of the territory to visit American Samoa during the April, 2000 festivities.

The American Samoa Millennium Association also plans to promote the Centennial Celebration.

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