Casar Chavez Monument tour lead by his son

Posted at 6:39 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 21:39:43-04

Tomorrow marks the 100th birthday of the national parks service.

In honor of the centennial anniversary, U.S Secretary Sally Sewell visited the Cesar Chavez National monument in Keene.

The site of the Chavez National Monument, is where the farm labor and civil rights leader lived.

President Obama paid a visit to the in October of 2012 and proclaimed it a national monument. The same status as the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon.

Historic photos decorate the walls of the visitor’s center…. Illustrating farm workers’ lives.

You can also step into Chavez' original office. It's preserved and looks exactly the way it did the last day he was here. The jacket that he wore every day is still draped over his chair.

Both Chavez and his wife Helen, who died in June of this year, are buried at the monument.

Their son Paul hopes the burial site reminds people of his father's strong faith--- and simplicity.

The U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell is also an immigrant.

She became emotional highlighting the contributions of minorities and immigrants to American history saying,

"This is a nation of immigrants. This is a nation dependent of people who are willing to sacrifice for future generations."

Paul Chavez hopes his father’s spirit of perseverance, sacrifice and triumph will live on through the pristine park and national monument.

The park is open to the public. If you would like to visit the park, you can visit their website for hours of operation.