Pearl Harbor Gram: The Joy of Volunteering

At the urging of my eldest son, I visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in the spring of 2001. It had been a very long time since I was last there – and under very different circumstances. Of course, I had mixed emotions. But feeling the solemnity of the site and the reverence visitors gave it, I became more at ease. And after meeting other Pearl Harbor Survivors that day who volunteered there, I decided I would join them – as my son said, it was my duty.

Being There: The Obama-Abe Visit to the USS Arizona Memorial

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.

Volunteer Repairs Memorial Flagpole

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.

National Park Service Celebrates Centennial

Here at WWII Valor in the Pacific it is a truly momentous year. It is the Centennial of the National Park Service, in October it will be the centennial of the commissioning of the USS Arizona, and, of course, this December we mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Oahu which launched the United Stated into the Second World War.