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
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.
For the most up-to-date information and full details of each event, please visit pearlharbor75thanniversary.com or call (877) 589-8898. All events are subject to change.
The National Park Service, in partnership with Pacific Historic Parks, is creating a Pearl Harbor mobile app to enhance the visitor experience at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument as well as bring the Monument to those unable to visit.
“Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” — the theme for the 75th Commemoration — is even more powerful when you consider today’s younger generation and the Greatest Generation coming together one last time during this national event as a once in a lifetime education opportunity.