JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the U.S. Navy and National Park Service will co-host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Honored guests will include hundreds of Pearl Harbor survivors and other World War II veterans and their families as well as Dec. 7 witnesses, elected officials and dignitaries.
A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m. – the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began 75 years ago. The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) will render pass-in-review honors to the USS Arizona, and a missing man flyover will be conducted above Pearl Harbor during the ceremony.
The Navy and National Park Service will conduct the ceremony at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, overlooking USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Due to the large number of veterans and their families, as well as dignitaries and senior military and civilian leaders who plan to attend, seating for the general public will be extremely limited. Therefore, the public is encouraged to observe the ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument or streaming online.
Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Laura Joss, regional director for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service; Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, National Park Service; and Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
“The Navy and National Park Service are deeply honored to welcome back Pearl Harbor Survivors and other World War II veterans who are helping us commemorate the events that took place here 75 years ago,” said Fuller. “We look forward to hosting veterans and other distinguished visitors, international guests, families and friends as we ‘Remember Pearl Harbor.”
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell said, “Nothing is more important to us here at the monument than commemorating the lives of those who served and sacrificed on December 7, 1941. Our professional lives are dedicated to ensuring their names and legacies live on for future generations. We’re honored to be a part of this journey with them and continue to be inspired by their exemplary service so many years ago.”
The ceremony will feature music by the Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band, a Hawaiian blessing, presentation of colors by the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Service Color Guard, rifle salute by members of the U.S. Marine Corps, wreath presentations, echo taps, and a vintage plane fly-by by the Pacific Warbirds. The ceremony will honor men and women who survived the attack and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country on December 7, 1941.