Commemorating the 76thanniversary of Pearl Harbor Rising To The Challenge

The sun rises over the USS Arizona Memorial. The memorial is dedicated to the Sailors and Marines who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

National Park Service

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the National Park Service and the United States Navy will host the 76th Anniversary National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony to honor and remember the 2,390 American casualties lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and on the island of Oahu, Dec. 7, 1941.

The ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m. and take place on the Ceremonial Lawn at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Pearl Harbor survivors, WWII veterans, family members, and local dignitaries will be in attendance. Steve Twomey, author of “Countdown to Pearl Harbor,” will deliver the keynote address.

A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. A missing man flyover conducted by the 199th Fighter Squadron Hawaii Air National Guard and the 19th Fighter Squadron, U.S. Air Force will follow.

“We are honored to welcome survivors, veterans, and witnesses to this year’s ceremony,” said Jacqueline Ash-well, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument superintendent. “As we gather together on Dec. 7, we remember, honor, and seek to understand the events that took place 76 years ago.”

The theme, “Rising to the Challenge,” highlights events during the first year after the attack, 75 years ago, as the United States rose to face challenges — both at war and on the home-front — in order to achieve greater peace, freedom, and democracy in the world, including in Japan and in Europe.

“On this Dec. 7, we will once again remember and honor those who were killed 76 years ago and in the war that followed. At the same time, we will commemorate the reconciliation, security, stability and prosperity our veterans and their families achieved, beginning here at Pearl Harbor,” said Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

Highlights of the ceremony will also include music by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, a Hawaiian blessing, wreath presentations, a rifle salute by the U.S. Marine Corps, a vintage aircraft fly-over, and echo taps in recognition of the men and women who survived the attack and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country on Dec. 7, 1941. See page A-3 to read “Remembering to ‘look forward’: Rising to the challenge in Pearl Harbor.”

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