In less than two weeks the Navy and the National Park Service will co-host the 74th Anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Dec. 7 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Many other related events are scheduled in the days ahead.
The National Park Service’s Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, recaps some of the highlights:
- Dec. 5 events in and around the Visitor Center and Ford Island
- Dec. 6, Blackened Canteen Ceremony; USS Utah Memorial sunset service
- Dec. 7 Big Remembrance ceremony on JBPHH at Kilo Pier
- Dec. 7 USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony
- Dec. 7 Interment of Arizona survivor Joseph Langdell
Delton Walling is a Pearl Harbor Survivor who says these events mean much to him. “It is important to remember and remain vigilant. We must continue to educate future generations. We lost many good people in WWII, but we earned a more peaceful world,” he urges.
On December 7, 1941, Walling was stationed aboard the USS Pennsylvania. He recalls, “It was early on a Sunday morning. We thought it was a training exercise, but it was the real deal.”
If you would like to honor our veterans, the main ceremony, the USS Oklahoma ceremony, and Interment ceremony will be live streamd and may be viewed on www.pearlharborevents.com. Other details are at www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm.