I gave a guided tour of the July 9, 1917 explosion location, Building 40, a black powder storage magazine, the MacKenzie’s home Building 57 and we took a walk to the Mare Island Naval Cemetery to place flowers and toys for the children at their graves. This tragic story took place 105 years ago in the former Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot. 15 years ago on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Ammunition Depot, we opened the sacred lands to the public for the first time in 150 years. We have made every effort to protect the historic, archeological, natural and scenic resources. I hope you begin to understand why it is so important that we be returned as the land trust managers of this land to protect and restore this special place. Myrna Hayes, President, Mare Island Heritage Trust. 707-249-9633. myrnahayes@mac.com