Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Hawaii will always be a place close to our hearts. From beautiful beaches, remarkable culture, and sunny spots everywhere, we cherish every opportunity to visit and care for these one-of-a-kind islands. For Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we also want to honor those who fought and died for us at Pearl Harbor.
Each year on December 7th, Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans and visitors from around the world come together to remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who died 80 years ago. They also honor the 1,178 people who were injured in the attack. Every year remembrance events are held at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Tension had been rising between the U.S. and Japan for some time and the attack on Pearl Harbor, the naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, came as a complete surprise. Almost the entire Pacific fleet and hundreds of aircrafts were located at Pearl Harbor, making the motive to destroy as many U.S. ships as possible. The attack occurred just before 8:00am on December 7, 1941 and two U.S. Navy battleships, the USS Arizona and the USS Utah, permanently sank. Just three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S. Congress turned and declared war on Germany and Italy, bringing the U.S. solidly into WWII.
So what can we do to honor those lost at Pearl Harbor?
2. You can watch the Commemoration Ceremonies virtually. There will most likely be a link to this year's Commemoration Ceremony, often recorded day of and posted on their site days later. You can also watch the 79th Commemoration Ceremony recorded December 7, 2020 by yourself or with your kids.
.3. Take a moment today to look through the virtual Museum Gallery. We know it’s not always possible to visit in-person, but don’t hesitate to familiarize yourself with the museum resources and history online.
4. You can make donations to be a part of the efforts to preserve Pacific War history! The Pearl Harbor National Memorial accepts financial donations for projects, programs, and general operations. This is a great way to be part of something that will last generations and touch millions of people. If you can spare any kind of donation, your efforts will be used for maintenance and upkeep of the USS Arizona Memorial (a bridge floating above the ship USS Arizona), USS Utah, and USS Oklahoma sites. More donation details can be found here. .
For all those who served in Pearl Harbor and to their loved ones, thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are free because of your brave efforts and will always remember your legacy. How do you honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day? If you have ideas we can add to our list, please comment your ideas below.
Kortni + Team