Friday, Dec. 7 | 7:45-9:30am | Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
The National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii will host the 71st Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration on December 7, 2012, 7:45 to 9:30 am on the backlawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The venue looks directly out on the USS Arizona Memorial situated in Pearl Harbor, approximately one half mile away. Pearl Harbor Survivors and World War II Veterans and their families and friends from around the nation will join more than 2,500 distinguished guests and the general public for the annual observance of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Highlights of the ceremony will include military band music, morning colors, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute by members of the armed services, wreath presentations, echo taps and recognition of the men and women who survived 1 and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. At 7:55 am, the exact moment the Japanese attack began 71 years ago, a moment of silence will be observed. The USS Michael Murphy will render honors to the USS Arizona followed by a fly over the memorial in a “missing man” formation.
Seating and Parking The commemoration is free of charge and seats are open to the general public on a first come, first served basis. The Visitor Center will open early at 6:30 am. Seating for the public will begin at 7:15 am. Ceremony parking for the public will be limited. The public is encouraged to arrive early to allow time for parking and going through security at the Visitor Center.
Special Seating and Parking for Pearl Harbor Survivor and World War II Veterans If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor or World War II veteran who would like to attend this ceremony, please contact the Public Affairs Office at Navy Region Hawaii at 808-473-2926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for special seating and parking arrangements.
News Media News media may contact: Laurie LaGrange, 808-375-9335, email@example.com, or Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs at 808-473-2888 to secure media instructions and news media passes.
Limited Public Tour Schedule for December 7, 2012 Public tours to the USS Arizona Memorial will be operating on a special schedule on Dec. 7, due to the morning ceremony. The first public tour will begin at 11:30 am. The last tour will begin at 1:30 pm. Tours run every 15 minutes and include a 23-minute movie presentation followed by a short boat ride and visit to the Memorial. Tickets are free and distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Dress Code for Ceremony Military dress is summer whites or service equivalent. The civilian dress code for the commemoration is Business Aloha attire, long pants and collared shirts.
Information For more information about the Pearl Harbor Day 71st Anniversary Commemoration and Dedication Ceremony and special events, call the National Park Service at (808) 422-3300 or visit www.nps.gov/valr/ or www.pacifichistoricparks.org.