Latest on public access to Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony

The general public will be required to park at Aloha Stadium Monday for the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony between 7:45-9:15 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at Kilo Pier, on base at Pearl Harbor.

Free parking and ADA shuttle service from Aloha Stadium to Kilo Pier will run from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., with return shuttles to Aloha Stadium after the ceremony, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Those with base access and their sponsored guests may enter through Nimitz or Makalapa Gates and may park in general parking areas near Kilo Pier.

The ceremony is free of charge and open to the public. Seats for the general public at the commemoration ceremony are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating for the public will begin at 7:15 a.m.

More than 3,000 distinguished guests and the general public are expected to join the National Park Service, current and former military personnel, including Pearl Harbor Survivors and other World War II veterans for the annual observance of the 1941 attack on Oahu.

This year’s ceremony will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy, the Donald L. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University, as the keynote speaker.

Highlights of the ceremony will include music by the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, morning colors, a Hawaiian chant, wreath presentations, a rifle salute by the U.S. Marine Corps, and echo taps in recognition of the men and women who survived the attack and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country on December 7, 1941.

A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began 74 years ago. The guided missile destroyer, USS Preble will render pass-in-review honors to the USS Arizona and all Pearl Harbor Survivors. A missing man flyover will be conducted.

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