Rising to the Challenge

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

In the first year since Imperial Japan attacked Oahu, the United States is still stunned but adapting quickly to new realities — sacrifice, commitment and a need to rise to the challenge in Europe, in the Pacific and on the home front.

In the first six months of the war the Allies suffer defeat after defeat. But in early June of 1942 the Battle of Midway brings a glimmer of victory — and hope — in the Pacific.

On December 7, 1942 Sailors and civilian workers gather at the USS Arizona (BB 39) to pause, reflect and remember those who were killed in Pearl Harbor. A single pole displays an American flag that flutters in a Hawaiian breeze. It is the first of 76 years of remembrances to follow.

This year we remember a nation rising to the challenge to eventually create a peaceful and free Japan and Western Europe. Today, here in Pearl Harbor, we celebrate the peace shared between the United States and Japan and all our friends and partners.

December 7, 2017 marks the 76th Anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and here’s a glimpse of some of the events planned:

Military Band Performances
Dates: Dec. 2, 3, 4, 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai
Enjoy live music at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai when military bands perform a variety of patriotic and inspiring songs.

USS Arizona Interment Ceremony in honor of Estellee Birdsell (Closed to Public)
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: USS Arizona Memorial
The National Park Service and the US Navy will conduct the interment of Estellee Birdsell with full military burial honors.

Blackened Canteen Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Location: USS Arizona Memorial
This ceremony is co-hosted by the Pacific Aviation Museum (PAM), National Park Service, and Dr Hiroyo Sugano, M.D. This annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation ceremony with a silent prayer and pouring of bourbon whiskey from a World War II-blackened canteen into the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. The public is invited on a first-come, first-served basis by calling PAM event coordinator Gary Meyers, 808-282-6570, for reservations.

Spirit of Liberty Foundation Freedom Opening Ceremony and Bell Ringing
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
The Spirit of Liberty Foundation Freedom Bell returns to Pearl Harbor at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell in memory of the service of a loved one.

USS Utah Memorial Sunset Ceremony (Closed to Public)
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: USS Utah Memorial, Ford Island
USS Utah Memorial Sunset Ceremony honors the loss of the USS Utah (AG-16) and 58 of her crew. Ceremony is open to those possessing access with valid military, DoD, or DOI ID and their sponsored guests.

76th Anniversary National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Location: Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
The National Park Service and the US Navy will co-host the 76th anniversary of the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony will take place at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument’s Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The public is invited to attend. Parking will be available at the Aloha Stadium with free bus shuttles provided from the Aloha Stadium to the ceremony and back. For more information, visit www.pearlharborevents.com.

Note: If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor or World War II veteran, please contact the Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office to receive an invitation and seating for the ceremony: (808) 473-3152, 473-1173, or 473-0664 or email navyhawaiipublicaffairs@gmail.com.

Hickam Field Remembrance Ceremony (Closed to Public)
Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 7:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Location: Atterbury Circle, Hickam Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
The 15th Wing will host a remembrance ceremony at the Atterbury Circle historic flagpole on Hickam Field to honor the 189 killed and 303 wounded during the attacks. The ceremony is open to military and DoD ID card holders and their sponsored guests.

USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island
This ceremony honors and commemorates the loss of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and 429 of her crew. Public wishing to attend the ceremony may catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, which is adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki to Kapiolani Park
This parade honors the remaining Pearl Harbor Survivors as the Grand Marshals and honors and recognizes all veterans, active duty military, and their families. The parade begins at Ft. DeRussy, continues along Kalakaua Ave., and ends at Kapiolani Park. For more information, visit www.pearlharborparade.org.

Freedom Bell Ringing
Date: December 7 (12 pm to 5 pm) and December 8, 9, and 10, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
The public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 8. The bell is rung in honor of all men and women who have served, or are serving in the Armed Forces. The bell will remain until Dec. 10.

Pearl Harbor Youth Day
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Pacific Aviation Museum
Families and visitors of all ages can explore the lessons and legacy of WWII and the history of Pearl Harbor through special presentations, exhibits, and hands-on activities. This year’s theme, “Remembering the Pearl Harbor Child” will focus on those who witnessed the attack as children and lived through the war years in Hawaii. For more information, visit www.pacificaviationmuseum.org.

To learn more about the events, please visit pearlharborevents.com.

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