Public is invited to 72nd Pearl Harbor commemorations

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
The USS Utah, AKA target ship AG-16, shown off the coast of Long Beach, Ca., seven years before the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Built in 1911, the ship was converted to a radio-controlled target ship in 1931. The Utah remains partially submerged next to Ford Island. A sunset ceremony will take place Dec. 6. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy archives)

The USS Utah, AKA target ship AG-16, shown off the coast of Long Beach, Ca., seven years before the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Built in 1911, the ship was converted to a radio-controlled target ship in 1931. The Utah remains partially submerged next to Ford Island. A sunset ceremony will take place Dec. 6. (Photo
courtesy U.S. Navy archives)

National Park Service Public Affairs News Release

PEARL HARBOR — The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7:45 – 9:30 a.m., Dec. 7, at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (formerly known as the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center).

The ceremony will take place on the back lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, looking directly out to the USS Arizona Memorial.

More than 2,500 distinguished guests and the general public are expected to join current and former military personnel, including Pearl Harbor survivors and other World War II veterans, for the annual observance of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

The theme of this year’s historic commemoration, “Sound The Alarm,” examines how thousands of Americans answered a call to duty in the wake of the attack. It also explores how the nation was unified through communication in 1941 and throughout the war.

Dec. 7, 1941, remains one of the most pivotal moments in America’s history, but many Americans had little information or access to what was taking place on that fateful day.

The commemoration is free of charge, and the public is invited to attend. Seats for the general public are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, a series of special events recognizing the 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack will be open to the public, Nov. 29-Dec. 7.

(Editor’s note: Additional events taking place Dec. 7 will be in the Dec. 6 issue of the Hawaii Army Weekly.)

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