Schedule of Events: Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration
Join us at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Friday, December 5
7:30pm: Hawaii Pops Concert Honoring USS Arizona Band (Table Seating: $95, General Admission: $45)
- Join Hawaii Pops as they honor Band 22, the band of the USS Arizona. The concert will be held at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The performance will feature selections that were played in the Battle of Music on December 6, 1941, and other selections of the era. Pearl Harbor Survivors and Medal of Honor Recipients are free. Tickets are available at www.hawaiipops.com or at the Honolulu Box Office at 808-550-8457.
Saturday, December 6
5:00pm: USS Utah Sunset Ceremony and Interment (Free Admission, Base Access Required)
- Pearl Harbor Survivors, military personnel and their sponsored guests are invited to attend a sunset ceremony honoring those lost aboard the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island.
6:30pm: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Anniversary Dinner Gala--"Destinations & Dreams" (General Admission: $250)
- The annual fundraiser for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Captain Chelsey B. Sullenberger will be this year's guest speaker. Emcee for the evening will be actor, journalist and TV host David Hartman. Honoree of the evening is the Museum's past Chairman of the Board, Admiral Ronald J. Hays. Cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and prize opportunities to help support the Museum's Restoration and Education programs. Event will be hosted in the battlefield hangars on Ford Island. For ticket sales, please visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org or call 808-441-1006.
9:30am: Ewa Field Memorial (Free Admission)
- The Aloha Chapter of the Marine Corps League and the Honolulu Council of the Navy League of the United States will observe the 73rd Anniversary of the Japanese attack at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station to honor those Marines who fought and died here.
Sunday, December 7
7:45am: 73rd Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony (Free Admission)
If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor and wish to attend the event, please email Amanda_Carona@nps.gov.
- The Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony is free and open to the general public. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will open at 6:00am, however, general seating will not be given access to the ceremonial area until 7:15am. Parking is available at Aloha Stadium and free shuttles to the Visitor Center will be provided. A limited number of free tickets for USS Arizona Memorial programs will be available. These tickets are first come, first serve and will be available exclusively at the USS Arizona Memorial Ticket and Information desk.
The theme of this year's historic commemoration, "Preserving the Memory" focuses on how we keep the story of the attack on Oahu and WWII alive for the nation and the world. We have the responsibility to teach people the importance of preserving the history that is passing before our eyes. The National Park Service at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the United States Navy plays an integral role in protecting the artifacts, stories and memory of those who participated in the Pacific War. They care for letters, diaries, photographs and interviews that are entrusted to us as families realize they may not have the resources to care for them. These precious items are used to educate, commemorate and memorialize a generation. It is our duty to continue to honor the past, inspire the future and educate all so that veterans are assured that their fight was not in vain.
In conjuction with this year's theme and to connect Pearl Harbor Survivors across the U.S. with the commemoration ceremony taking place at Pearl Harbor, the National Park Service is hosting a live broadcast of this year's event. Prior to the start of the ceremony, Pearl Harbor Survivors and WWII veterans will be interviewed and viewers will get a "behind the scenes" look at the ceremony. Those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person will be able to watch the event in their hometown as it takes place. To watch the December 7th webcast, register online. Registration is required to view the event.
7:55am: Hickam Field Ceremony (Free Admission, Base Access Required)
- The 15th Wing will host the December 7, 1941, remembrance ceremony at 7:55am, on December 7 at the Atterbury Circle historic flag pole on Hickam Field to honor the 189 killed and 303 wounded during the attacks. The ceremony is open to all military identification holders, veterans, survivors of the attack, and guests of attending survivors. Attendees must be in place by 7:15am.
11:00am: Blackened Canteen Ceremony (Free Admission with USS Arizona Memorial Ticket)
- Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers' Club, comes from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation ceremony with a silent prayer and pouring bourbon whiskey from a WWII-blackened canteen into the water from the USS Arizona Memorial as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. Limited press is invited. A roundtable discussion follows at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Tickets will be available beginning at 6:00am on December 7 at the USS Arizona Memorial Ticket Desk.
1:30pm: USS Oklahoma Memorial Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance (Free Admission)
- Hosted by the National Park Service in honor of those who served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Memorial was officially dedicated on December 7, 2007. The memorial is located on Ford Island, near Fox-5 Pier next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The Battleship Oklahoma was berthed along Ford Island on December 7, 1941, and suffered the second greatest loss of life during the attack. The memorial includes 429 marble columns symbolizing each of the crewmembers who lost their lives on that fateful day. Public wishing to attend the ceremony can catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, which is adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, beginning at 12:30pm.
5:00pm: Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade (Free Admission, Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park)
- The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade committee will host the Pearl Harbor Parade featuring Pearl Harbor Survivors, military and government officials, and marching bands and parade units from the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii.