Events to commemorate 75th Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Dec. 7, 2016 will mark 75 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 now to Dec. 11. For the complete list of events, visit www.pearlharbor75thanniversary.com.

Dec. 2

• A USS Arizona Reunion Association wreath-laying ceremony will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). This solemn ceremony is for the survivors and association members to honor the fallen. The event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 3

• The public can experience the underwater world of the USS Arizona during a free “Expedition Arizona” event from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Theater. This is a National Park Service presentation of recent expeditions to preserve both the ship and its solemn legacy. Those in attendance will see the current condition of the Arizona revealed through a digital 3D mapping project, meet the authors and photographers from the newly released book “Beneath Pearl Harbor” and attend the premiere of the new PBS’s documentary “Expedition Pearl Harbor” which profiles the latest interior survey of the submerged battleship.

Dec. 4

• Dedication of the 1941 Ford Island Aerological Tower will be from 1 to 2 p.m. This event will dedicate newly restored areas, including the historic Aerological Tower which was the flight control central that was in use the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack. The event will also dedicate a portion of the library/archival area that is in the Operations Building. The event is free and open to the public. For information contact Elissa.Lines@PacificAviation-Museum.org, or call 445-9069.

Dec. 6

• A Freedom Bell ceremony and bell ringing will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. The event is free and open to the public. Following the 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. opening ceremony, anyone may ring the Freedom Bell in memory of the service of a loved/remembered one. The bell will remain available until Dec. 10, in conjunction with the 75th anniversary commemoration week.

• In memory of the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, the Hickam side of Joint Base Pearl-Harbor-Hickam will host a static aircraft display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., comprised of air power from the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army and Cost Guard.

This opportunity allows fellow Department of Defense members, retired veterans and their families who are not familiar with military aircraft the chance to tour the multiple types of air frames to include a C-17 Globemaster (U.S. Air Force cargo), F-22 Raptor (Hawaii Air National Guard fighter), KC-135 Stratotanker (Hawaii Air National Guard refueler), MV-22 Osprey (U.S. Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft), P-3 Orion (Navy surveillance aircraft), H-64 Apache (Army helicopter), CH-47 Chinook (Army tandem rotor helicopter), RQ-7 Shadow (Army unmanned aerial vehicle), and H-65 Dolphin (U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter).

Aircraft may change based on operational needs. Enter Hickam via O’Malley Gate and follow signs to parking. No bags/ coolers are allowed, no outside drinks/food and no selfie sticks. Cameras are OK but no telescoping lenses.

Tours must be completed by 2 p.m. Late-comers are not guaranteed a tour. Tours are open to DoD ID card holders and their guests.

• The USS Utah Memorial Sunset Service will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the USS Utah Memorial. This sunset ceremony is held each year to honor the 58 Sailors who lost their lives when the USS Utah was sunk by two Japanese torpedoes. This memorial, built in the early 1970s, reflects Utah Sen. Frank E. Moss’ stirring message that perhaps a day will come when we no longer build memorials to those who die in battle but rather those who live in peace. Those with base access are welcome to attend.

Dec. 7

• The National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration will be held from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The National Park Service and the United States Navy will co-host the 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Due to an overwhelming request from survivors and World War II veterans, seating is extremely limited. Unlike in past years, people cannot just show up at the ceremony without an invitation.

There will be a free shuttle service available from the Aloha Stadium to the base. People should park at the Aloha Stadium to board the shuttle. The Aloha Stadium parking lot will open at 4 a.m. Shuttles will run until seats are filled on base. Thereafter, the shuttle will run to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, where the ceremony can be viewed on livestream. Capacity of the visitor center is 2,300 seats.

For guests not able to attend the ceremony at Kilo Pier, a live stream of the ceremony will be available for viewing in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theaters (7 to 9:30 a.m.) and online.

The Navy would like to hear from Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans. Please contact the Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office at navyhawaiipublicaffairs@gmail.com or 473-1173.

• A Hickam Field Ceremony and Reception will be held at 7:50 a.m. at Atterbury Circle on the Hickam side of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The free ceremony is open to anyone with ID card access to the base.

• A free mass band performance featuring more than 1,000 student musicians will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Open to the public, the event will pay respect to the memory of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

• The USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the USS Oklahoma Memorial on Ford Island. The ceremony is free and open to the public. The USS Oklahoma ceremony commemorates the devastating loss of the ship and 429 of its crew members. The public is allowed to attend by using bus transportation made available from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

• The free Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and a public ceremony will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. For more information about the parade, visit www.pearlharborparade.org.

Dec. 8

• A free Doris “Dorie” Miller Bust Rededication Ceremony will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Doris Miller Housing, 3007 Curtis Drive, Honolulu. Mess Attendant 2nd Class Miller is well known for his heroic assistance to his injured shipmates and engaging in enemy fighting with an anti-aircraft machine gun during the Pearl Harbor attack. The event is open to the public.

• The USS Nevada Remembrance Ceremony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the USS Nevada Memorial. The memorial commemorates the actions of the USS Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fifty-seven crew members were killed in action defending their ship against Imperial Japanese air attacks on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. Those with base access are welcome to attend.

75th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration to livestream event

The 75th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration will provide a livestream of the event on Dec. 7.

It will be made available at 7:45 a.m. (HST) on the following platforms:

• The official Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary website
• U.S. Department of Defense
• U.S. Navy
• The Official Navy Facebook page via Facebook LIVE
• HawaiiNewsNow.com
• Hawaii News Now’s Facebook page via Facebook LIVE
• On mobile via the Hawaii News Now app

Ships and commands to observe silent colors in support of 75th Pearl Harbor anniversary

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) will be hosting multiple ceremonies during the week of Dec. 4 – 8 in support of the 75th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

All ships and commands will observe silent colors during the week as follows:

Dec. 4: Evening colors will be silent

Dec. 6 and 7: Morning and evening colors will be silent

Dec. 8: Morning colors will be silent

Silent colors for the above dates will be initiated via bridge-to-bridge communications radio channel 69 by the Pearl Harbor control tower. Colors during all other dates and times will be initiated over the JBPHH giant voice system as normal.

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