REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR – 77TH ANNIVERSARY
BY: MARIA KANAI
As we enter the merry holiday season, it’s also important for us to remember NationalPearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is held annually on December 7. To honor the 2,403 U.S. citizens who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on that day in 1941, you can participate in several public events taking place on Oahu. Plan ahead by arriving early to most events and remember, we can also help with transportation if you are interested in any of these ceremonies.
What: Barbers Point Remembrance Ceremony
Where: Barbers Point Golf Course
When: 7:45 to 8:15 a.m.
This morning ceremony honors and remembers the five Marines who were killed on December 7, 1941 at the Ewa Marine Corps Air Station at Barbers Point. Although Pearl Harbor may have been the primary target that day, the Japanese also struck outlying bases to reduce attempts at retaliation. The Ewa station was one of the first locations to be struck that morning. This event is hosted by the Honolulu Council Navy and the Aloha Chapter of the Marines Corps Leagues.
What: Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony
Where: Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Ceremonial Lawn
When: 7:50 to 9:15 a.m.
On the morning of December 7, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center’s Ceremonial Lawn will host a commemoration ceremony with Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans, military and civilian dignitaries. At 7:55 a.m., there will be a moment of silence marking the start of the attack.
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command. A pass-in-review honors the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor survivors. You can also expect a performance by the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band, a Hawaiian blessing, wreath presentations, a Marine Corps rifle salute, and a “Missing Man” flyover. Tip: Plan to arrive early for a spot – the center will be open from 6 a.m.
What: USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony
Where: USS Oklahoma Memorial
When: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This public ceremony takes place in front of the white pillars of the USS Oklahoma Memorial and honors the 429 men who perished when the mighty battleship capsized and sank. This sinking was the next greatest loss of life after USS Arizona. A shuttle runs every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park to bring guests to Ford Island for the USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony.
What: Pearl Harbor Parade
Where: Fort DeRussy, Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki Shell
When: 4:30 to 8 p.m.
This annual parade begins from Fort DeRussy Park with an opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The parade will go through Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki and conclude with a closing ceremony and concert at the Waikiki Shell. There will be floats, marching bands and decorated F-104 Starfighters. Be prepared for a crowd! Arrive early and bring folding chairs or a mat to sit on while you view the parade.
None of these events fit into your schedule?
That’s OK – you can always visit Pearl Harbor during a time that might be less crowded and take your time learning more about what happened that day. For more information, take a look at the Day At Pearl Harbor Tour.
Photographs courtesy of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.