Music, movies to honor 75th Pearl Harbor anniversary

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band's "Harbor" Brass Quintet from left to right: Petty Officer 1st Class Alex Ivy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Galen McKinney, Petty Officer 1st Class Eddie Hernandez, Petty Officer 2nd Class Katie Chauvot, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Austin Blake at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Aug. 10. Photo courtesy of Beth Ivy

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band’s “Harbor” Brass Quintet from left to right: Petty Officer 1st Class Alex Ivy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Galen McKinney, Petty Officer 1st Class Eddie Hernandez, Petty Officer 2nd Class Katie Chauvot, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Austin Blake at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Aug. 10. Photo courtesy of Beth Ivy

Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration Committee

The 75th Pearl Harbor anniversary events throughout the upcoming week will include free music and movies.

Members of U.S. military bands will perform a series of free public concerts from 8:45 to 10 a.m. now through Dec. 6 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center lanai. The concerts are in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

• The U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division Band will perform Dec. 2.

• The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band will perform Dec. 5.

• The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band will perform Dec. 6.

In addition, other performances are scheduled as part of the commemoration.

• The Swingin’ Blue Stars featuring the music of the 1940s and 1950s will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, and 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

• The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center lanai.

• The 108th Army Band will perform from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

In addition, a series of movies will be shown at events from 5:30 to 10 p.m. during the week of Dec. 2-9 in an outdoor theater setting in Waikiki. The movies will be shown in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The movies are free and open to the public. The programs and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with live entertainment, food and beverage concessions, with movie times starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. Films were unrated prior to 1968, and due to content and language, parents should determine whether the films are appropriate for preteens and children.

The movie schedule is as follows:

• On Dec. 2, the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” will be shown. “Twelve O’Clock High” is a 1949 Academy Award-winning American war film starring Gregory Peck, depicting aircrews in the U.S. Army’s Eighth Air Force who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France during the early days of American involvement in World War II.

• On Dec. 4, the movie “Run Silent, Run Deep” will be shown. This 1958 American black-and-white film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster is based around a World War II submarine warfare story in the Pacific Ocean, and an obsession with a Japanese destroyer that has sunk three U.S. submarines in the Bungo Straits.

This movie deals with themes of vengeance, endurance, courage, loyalty and honor and how these can be tested during wartime.

• On Dec. 5, the movie “From Here to Eternity” will be shown. In addition, Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band will perform in concert beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The 1953 drama “From Here to Eternity,” with eight Academy Awards, deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army Soldiers played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra who were stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine and Jack Warden. “From Here to Eternity” was selected in 2002 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

• On Dec. 8, the movie the “Sands of Iwo Jima” will be shown. Starring John Wayne, this Academy Award-nominated 1949 war film portrays Wayne as the tough-as-nails career U.S. Marine Sgt. John Stryker, known for his rigorous combat troop training. The film follows a group of Marines from training to the brutal Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, but also depicts Stryker’s softer side during a brief leave in Honolulu.

• On Dec. 9, the movie “The Finest Hours” will be shown. On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Massachusetts, Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, Coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds. This movie is rated PG-13.

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