Hawaii prepares for 75th commemoration

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Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

The 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor has launched with plans of an unprecedented series of events that will take place now through Dec. 11. Themed, “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” the 75th commemoration events are designed to attract thousands of global visitors and Hawaii residents.

Centered around National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, other ceremonies and events include memorials dedicated to USS Utah, USS Oklahoma, USS Nevada, the reconciliation “Blackened Canteen Ceremony” at the USS Arizona Memorial, a reception honoring Japanese American veterans, a Pearl Harbor documentary premiere, historic movies on Waikiki Beach, a Survivors Gala Tribute, Waikiki parade, celebration for veterans, active duty military and their families, and culminating to a world-class live concert that is being planned at the Aloha Stadium.

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.

A full list of events, o t h e r c o m m e m o r a -tion details and a library of historic and current photographs can be accessed at www.pearlharbor75thanniversary.com, and through Twitter #pearlharbor75.

For more information, call (877) 589-8898 or 589-5592.

Ford Island Bridge closure in support of Pearl Harbor Day

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

All lanes of the Ford Island Bridge will be closed Dec. 5 from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. and Dec. 7 from 7 to 10 a.m. in support of the 75th commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

All motorists and pedestrians are reminded to plan accordingly for those two days.

In addition, the Ford Island boat access gate must be closed during bridge opening and closing to minimize collision hazards. Boat traffic under the causeway will not be allowed during these exercises.

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