Pearl Harbor Day
December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day is the day we remember those that lost their lives or were injured in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The day after the attack, the US declared war on Japan and entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”.
There are a variety of Hawaii Activities marking the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day:
Friday December 6, 2013
- Narrated Historic Pearl Harbor Boat Tours – 2:15 pm & 2:45 pm, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center – A one hour boat tour around Ford Island narrated by National Park Service rangers. These Pearl Harbor Day Boat Tours view many of the notable sites of the 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. This tour departs from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The program is offered separate from the normal park program and includes a stop at the USS Arizona Memorial. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Book tickets online at recreation.gov or by calling (808) 954-8721.
- USS Utah Sunset Ceremony – 5:00pm-6:00pm, USS Utah Memorial, Ford Island, Free Admission – Pearl Harbor Survivors, military personnel and their families/friends are invited to attend a sunset ceremony honoring those lost aboard the USS Utah. Base access is required. Held at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
- USS Arizona Ceremony – 7:45am, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Free Admission – This event is free but attendees should arrive at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by 7:00am. Aloha Stadium will offer free public parking with free shuttles to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center starting at 6:00am. The keynote is Secretary Max Cleland of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Secretary Cleland is a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and former secretary of the Veterans Administration.
- Ewa Field Memorial – 7:45am-9:00am, Ewa Marine Corps Air Station, Free Admission – The Aloha Chapter of the Marine Corps League and the Honolulu Council of the Navy League of the United States will observe Pearl Harbor Day at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station to honor those Marines who fought and died here.
- Hickam Field Ceremony – 7:55am-9:00am, Atterbury Circle, Hickam Field, Free Admission
The 15th Wing will host a remembrance ceremony to honor the 189 killed and 303 wounded during the attacks. The ceremony is open to all military identification card holders, veterans, survivors of the attack, and guests of attending survivors. Base access is required. Attendees must be in place by 7:15 a.m.
- USS Oklahoma Memorial Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance – 1:30pm-2:30pm, USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island, Free Admission – A ceremony honoring those who served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Those wishing to attend the ceremony can catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park beginning at 12:30 pm. The memorial is located on Ford Island, near Fox-5 Pier next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
- Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade – 5:00pm-7:00pm, Ft. DeRussy to Kapiolani Park, Free Admission – A Pearl Harbor Memorial Day parade proceeding from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park featuring Pearl Harbor Survivors, military and government officials, parade units and marching bands.
Sunday December 8, 2013
- Narrated Historic Pearl Harbor Boat Tours – 2:15pm & 2:45pm, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center – A one hour boat tour around Ford Island narrated by National Park Service rangers. These Pearl Harbor Day Boat Tours view many of the notable sites of the 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. This tour departs from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The program is offered separate from the normal park program and includes a stop at the USS Arizona Memorial. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Book tickets online at recreation.gov or by calling (808) 954-8721.
Check out Pacific Historic Parks for the complete list of Pearl Harbor Day Activities.
If you can not make it to the Pearl Harbor Day Activities, Hawaii Discount offers Pearl Harbor Tours all year long with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Check out my post Pearl Harbor Tours and tips to find out how to make the most of your visit to Pearl Harbor. Stay up to day with Pearl Harbor events with the Hawaii Pearl Harbor Tours Facebook Page.
Thank you to all who have served and are serving our country!