76th Events to commemorate Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Imperial Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Navy photograph

DEC. 7, 2017 will mark 76 years since America was launched into World War II with the attack on Pearl Harbor. The following are some commemoration events taking place this year from Dec. 3 to 10. The events listed are free and open to the public. For the complete list of events, visit http://pearlharborevents.com.

DEC. 3

* The U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Jazz Combo – Papana will perform at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai from 8:45 to 10 a.m. The Band of the Pacific’s Papana features seven of the Air Force’s musicians performing America’s original music, jazz. Their diverse repertoire includes classic and contemporary jazz, featuring original arrangements that showcase the group’s soloists.

* A documentary premiere: “Journey Home to the USS Arizona” will be featured at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Theater from 6 to 7 p.m. This documentary follows the family of USS Arizona survivor Raymond Haerry on a 5,000 mile journey as they return to Pearl Harbor to place their father’s ashes back aboard the battleship.

DEC. 4

* The 25th Infantry Division Band will perform at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai from 8:45 to 10 a.m. playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies. The “Tropic Lightning” Band is a regular participant in both military and civilian events on Oahu.

* A guest speaker book-signing by Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author Steve Twomey will be held at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Museum Store from 10 to 11:30 a.m. He is the author of “Countdown to Pearl Harbor.”

* A VALR Live Dive – Year in Review will be held at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Theater from 4 to 5 p.m. Details to be announced on http://pearlharborevents.com.

DEC. 6

* The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band performance will be held at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies. The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band is dedicated to providing top quality musical support throughout a 100 million square mile area of responsibility for official functions.

* A Freedom Bell opening ceremony and bell-ringing will be held at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell in memory of the service of a loved one. The bell will remain available until Dec. 10.

* A USS Utah Memorial Sunset Ceremony and Interment will be held at the USS Utah Memorial from 5 to 6 p.m. The ceremony honors the loss of the USS Utah (AG-16) and more than 50 crew. It will include the interment of USS Utah crewmember Harry Hohstadt. This event is free to patrons with base access.

DEC. 7

* The National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration will be held from 7:50 to 9:15 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center lawn (World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument’s Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Arizona Memorial Place).

The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will co-host the 76th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This year’s keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Twomey, author of “Countdown to Pearl Harbor.”

The public is invited to attend the commemoration. The ceremony will also be available via livestream. Parking for the general public will be available at Aloha Stadium with free bus shuttles provided from the Aloha Stadium to the ceremony and back.

Due to strict security measures, guests are not allowed to bring handbags, purses, camera bags or other items that offer concealment to the ceremony. Personal cameras are allowed.

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

* A Freedom Bell-Ringing will be held at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park from noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell in honor of all men and women who have served, or are serving in the armed forces.

* The USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the USS Oklahoma Memorial on Ford Island. The USS Oklahoma ceremony commemorates the devastating loss of the ship and 429 of its crew members. A free shuttle departing every 15 minutes is available from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, which is adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

* A Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and a public ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. For more information about the parade, visit www.pearlharborparade.org.

DEC. 8

* A Freedom Bell-Ringing will be held at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell in honor of all men and women who have served, or are serving in the armed forces.

DEC. 9

* A Freedom Bell-Ringing will be held at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell in honor of all men and women who have served, or are serving in the armed forces. The bell will remain until Dec. 10.

* A Pearl Harbor Youth Day will be held at the Pacific Aviation Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explore the lessons and legacy of World War II and history of Pearl Harbor through special presentations, exhibits and 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.

DEC. 10

* A Freedom Bell-Ringing will be held at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to ring the Freedom Bell in honor of all men and women who have served, or are serving in the armed forces.

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