Forging the future ‘for a better world’

Rear Adm. Brian Fort
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

Pearl Harbor survivors greet a child during the 75th commemoration event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, Dec. 7, 2016.
File photo by MC2 Laurie Dexter

(Editor’s Note: Rear Adm. Fort will offer these welcome remarks today at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemoration at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.)

On behalf of our Navy team in Hawaii, it is my distinct honor to welcome back our Pearl Harbor survivors and their families.

We offer a warm welcome to all World War II veterans and all other military veterans, active duty and retired — as well as your families who join us today for this special occasion.

Today’s ceremony marks the mid-point in our 75th commemoration events that began two years ago.

Today we consider the tragedy of what happened here in 1941, but we also recognize the resilience and grit of our nation and our veterans 75 years ago — 1943: Forging the Future.

In 1943 Pearl Harbor was an operationalized base. Here in the middle of the Pacific, our Navy focused on the needs of the fleet.

Pearl Harbor ensured our ships and planes had the repairs, the fuel and other supplies and logistics needed to succeed.

And we continue that legacy today as we did more than 75 years ago.

In just under two years — here in Pearl Harbor — we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

At that time — just as we do today — we will demonstrate our commitment to continued vigilance and readiness.

The sacrifice … The lives lost … here at Pearl Harbor and throughout World War II … will always be remembered.

And that memory will continue to forge a future of peace, partnership and prosperity for generations.

Now, here in Pearl Harbor, people from different nations, backgrounds and beliefs can work together as one ohana — for a better world.

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