Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future — the poignant theme of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor resonated so true this past December when more than 10,000 people made the long journey to Hawaii to join us in commemorating the anniversary.
In this historic photo, dated July 1941, Walter H. Dillingham donates blood at the newly established Honolulu Blood Plasma Bank, located on the grounds of The Queen’s Hospital.
To the memory of the gallant men who gave their lives in action on Dec. 7, 1941
When I first learned from Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell that I would be aboard the admiral’s barge that would take President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe to the site of the USS Arizona’s wreckage and its Memorial … naturally I was thrilled. But at the same time, I understood that I would be a witness to a moment in history that would be remembered in both nations’ memory and that of the world.
Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II veterans, their families and visitors from all over the United States and from around the world gathered to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor from Dec. 1 – 11.
Honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors and World War II veterans
With the passing of Herbert Weatherwax on Dec. 12, we lost a humble and selfless man who was a hero to so many of us. There are people who have a profound impact on the lives they touch. Herb was one such man.
As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, Pacific Historic Parks Education Specialist Jovannalyn Mafnas and National Park Service Lead Ranger Brooke Nevitt are reaching out to all fourth grade teachers and students in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Pacific Historic Parks and the National Park Service recently won the People’s Choice Award at the first annual UnderWater World Tasi Conservation Expo, held Oct. 1.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park (NHP) lies on a peninsula at the bottom of sheer cliffs, with the Pacific Ocean bordering three sides, and is situated along the northern coast of Molokai. It is included in Kalawao County, which has a long-standing restriction against entry for anyone under the age of 16. This creates a hurdle for the park to overcome in order to satisfy the Every Kid in a Park initiative as well as include young students in our centennial celebrations.
On Dec. 7, USS Arizona Survivors John D. Anderson and Clarendon R. Hetrick were solemnly returned to the USS Arizona in a unique double interment ceremony, hosted by the National Park Service and U.S. Navy.
“Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.”
It started with a phone call he almost didn’t answer. When John Hamrick did finally pick up, it was the National Park Service asking if he’d be interested in repairing the flagpole at the USS Arizona Memorial in preparation for the 75th Commemoration ceremonies.
A hand-sewn Japanese flag that once flew over the ship where Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto gave the order to attack Pearl Harbor was donated to World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument on Oct. 13.
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