The agency is planning to create what it calls the “world’s largest National Park Service emblem” with participants holding brown, green and white umbrellas on the west side of the monument Thursday morning, according to a Facebook event post.
The first 1,000 people to arrive for the event between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will get a free T-shirt and an umbrella to celebrate the “Centennial Living Arrowhead,” which is intended to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the agency’s founding in 1916. Assembly of the umbrella panorama is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
“Between a National Park Service ‘living flag’ program for the bicentennial of Fort McHenry and a video that uses choreographed umbrellas to make designs that one of the staff had seen, the idea sort of evolved over a number of conversations about how best to commemorate the centennial of the National Park Service,” NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email.
Before the event is slated to end at 11 a.m., the agency will have an aerial photograph of the display taken, an NPS news release says. The photo then will go up on the National Park Service’s website and social media pages.
Photo via Facebook/National Mall and Memorial Parks