For more than a decade, Aliamanu Elementary School’s student council has raised funds to help restore the Arizona Memorial and the visitor center.
I got to volunteer at the donation desk at the visitor center over several days and met very dedicated volunteers.
The work at the visitor center not only fulfills all of my dreams but I find it fascinating to be able to meet and talk with people from every corner of the world.
We couldn’t do it without our volunteers.
When I first came to the USS Arizona Memorial in the late summer of 1984, I was surprised to see a handful of Pearl Harbor Survivors volunteering at the visitor center. Their interaction with the visitors and the staff was simply amazing. Their presence validated the historic site as living eyewitnesses to the “Day of Infamy.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos from educational summer activities at War in the Pacific National Monument, American Memorial Park and WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.