Waikiki parade honors Pearl Harbor survivors, service members

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Pearl Harbor survivors and service members were honored at a parade in Waikiki Wednesday.

The theme of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade was “Remembering the past and celebrating our future.” Numerous bands from all over the country, along with Pearl Harbor survivors, service bands, military units, local officials and dignitaries, and entertainers participated.

There was an opening ceremony at Fort DeRussy at 4:30 p.m., followed by the parade along Kalakaua Avenue starting at 6 p.m. It ended with a closing ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Kapiolani Park.

“Today is been a number of things. I guess it’s healing. It’s a remembrance you get to meet people that were your shipmates you’ve never seen before. It’s an exhilarating occasion,” said Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder.

“My picture of what happened 75 years ago is still pretty much engraved in my mind. So when I look around and see no evidence of what happened that day, I’m glad it’s all been cleaned up, for my lasting image is what happened Dec. 7, 1941,” said Pearl Harbor survivor James Downing.

The parade’s grand marshal was Gary Sinise, whose foundation helps support veterans.

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