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Pacific Historic Parks

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

83rd Commemoration

Forging Ahead

December 7, 2024

Each year, thousands gather on the shores of Pearl Harbor to remember the events of December 7, 1941, reflecting on the lasting impact of that "Day of Infamy" and honoring the members of the Greatest Generation for their sacrifice, courage, and indomitable perseverance. The 83rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor invites us to focus on the theme of "Forging Ahead," emphasizing not only the historical significance but also the vital role of the younger generation in preserving and honoring this legacy.

The attack on Pearl Harbor marked a pivotal moment in history, awakening America to a new reality of hardship and the specter of protracted war. The American people, both on the battlefields and the home front, rose to this challenge with resilience and determination. The adversity faced by those who served not only forged stronger individuals but also united the nation with a collective resolve. This anniversary is a tribute to their unyielding spirit and the powerful sense of duty that propelled them to face and overcome insurmountable odds.

As we commemorate this day, we must also look to the future and the role of the younger generation in carrying forward the legacy of the Greatest Generation. It is essential for today’s youth to understand and appreciate the sacrifices made during World War II, particularly in the Pacific theater, which began with the attack on Pearl Harbor. By doing so, they can draw inspiration from the courage and determination of those who came before them, understanding that the pursuit of peace requires the same resolute spirit that was needed to fight and win the war.

The annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony serves not only as a moment of reflection and gratitude but also as a call to action for the younger generation. It is a reminder to build on the solid foundation left by the Greatest Generation, adapting to new challenges with the same fortitude and commitment. As we honor the past, we forge ahead, ensuring that the lessons of history continue to guide us in creating a future that upholds the values of courage, resilience, and peace.

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