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Navy, National Park Service to Host 79th National Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- On Dec. 7, the U.S. Navy and National Park Service (NPS) will host the 79th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemoration to honor the 2,390 American lives lost during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu.

The ceremony will begin at 7:45 a.m. at Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s Contemplation Circle. A small number of speakers will attend at the site, with most of the ceremony taking place virtually in accordance with COVID-19 mitigations. Adm. John Aquilino, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, will deliver the keynote address.

A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer will render pass-in-review honors to the USS Arizona and all World War II veterans. A missing man flyover will follow.

Highlights of the ceremony will also include music by the Pacific Fleet Band, a Hawaiian blessing, wreath presentations, a rifle salute by the U.S. Marine Corps, a vintage aircraft flyover, and echo taps in recognition of the men and women who survived the attack and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“The National Park Service is proud to be a steward of the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma and USS Utah memorials,” said Scott Burch, acting superintendent of Pearl Harbor National Memorial. “America’s obligation to honor its veterans has been a sacrosanct pillar of our society, and we encourage everyone to join us virtually for this important ceremony remembering the military personnel and civilians who sacrificed so much for their country.”

The event’s theme, Above and Beyond the Call, represents a milestone of its own, as the first December 7 commemoration to follow the nationwide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. This year’s ceremony will focus on Battlefield Oahu. Though the Japanese Empire focused on the destruction of the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, the attack encompassed the entire island with assaults on Army and Marine aviation bases as well as civilian facilities.

The experiences of the soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Sailors defending Oahu, as well as the civilians caught in the crossfire, would exemplify courage under fire and perseverance. Their spirit at the beginning of the long crucible of war would frame the template for the securing of victory and peace.

“The veterans and civilians caught in the crossfire of the opening battle of the Pacific War will always be an inspiration to the fighting men and women of today,” said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii. “We are inspired by their courage under fire and we look forward to honoring them and remembering their legacy.”

The entire event will be livestreamed on the Navy Region Hawaii and Pearl Harbor National Memorial Facebook pages and at www.pearlharborevents.com in partnership with Defense Media Activity. In support of the county and state public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festivities will not be open to the general public. Once the ceremony is complete, the park will open to the public.

For more information about the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 79th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony, and details on the full schedule of events (Dec. 1-10), please visit www.pearlharborevents.com.

For more information on the Pearl Harbor Attack, please visit the Navy History and Heritage Command.

Commander, Navy Region Hawaii provides, maintains, and improves shore infrastructure, service support, and training to enable fleet operations of naval forces. The command supports logistic requirements and deployment of Joint Forces as directed by combatant and service component commanders.

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