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Response to Inquiries Concerning Pearl Harbor Day Events

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Date: October 11, 2006

Thank you for your inquiry concerning events commemorating the 65th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. 


The following is general information that we hope will be useful to you:


1. ARIZONA MEMORIAL MUSEUM ASSOCIATION. The Arizona Memorial Museum Association, in conjunction with the National Park Service USS Arizona Memorial and Visitors Center, is conducting a symposium open to the public at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort from Dec. 2-5 and will include lectures from notable historians and survivors, visits to various attack sites on Oahu, etc. For more information on the symposium, please visit: http://www.arizonamemorial.org or call 1-888-485-1941.

News media may contact: Lisa Ontai, 808-375-9352, ontai@pixi.com


2. NAVY / NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.  The Navy and National Park Service will co-host the annual ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor Day on the morning of Dec 7. This year's theme is "A Nation Remembers." The ceremony will take place on Naval Station Pearl Harbor beginning at 7:40 and ending at about 9:30. Tom Brokaw is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. Attendance is by invitation and limited seating will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the formality and length of the ceremony, it is recommended that children under age 8 not attend. For more information please visit this website, or you may also visit the Navy Region Hawaii website atwww.hawaii.navy.mil.A page is currently under construction addressing all events pertaining to this year's anniversary.

* News media may contact: Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs at 808-473-2888.

* If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor who would like to attend this ceremony and are not part of the National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association convention, please contact the Navy Region Hawaii Protocol Office at 808-473-2206


3. PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM. The Pacific Aviation Museum Grand Opening will take place on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. immediately following the Navy and National Park Service ceremony. The public is invited to the ceremony featuring guest speakers Chuck Yeager and Wally Schirra.The museum occupies the WWII Hangars and Control Tower on Ford Island that still bear the scars as our Nation's first aviation battlefield.The Museum is a private non-profit organization.Regular hours following the ceremony will be 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily.For more information please call the Pacific Aviation Museum at 808-690-0169 or visit  http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/


4. USS OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL.  The USS Oklahoma Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the Pacific Aviation Museum's Grand Opening. The Battleship Oklahoma was berthed along Ford Island on Dec. 7, 1941, and suffered the second greatest loss of life during the attack. For more information please contact : Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Community Relations Manager, 808-473-8000 ext. 2579.

* If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor who would like to attend this ceremony and are not part of the National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association convention, please contact the Navy Region Hawaii Protocol Office, at 808-473-2206


5. NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION. For more information on the National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association's 65th anniversary convention, please contact the National President, Mal Middlesworth, at mal.phsa@verizon.net or ph. 909-985-8682, or visit http://www.pearlharborsurvivorsonline.org/html/EVENTS.htm


6. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL & VISITORS CENTER.The National Park Service, USS Arizona Memorial and Visitors Center public tours to the USS Arizona Memorial will be operating on a special schedule on Dec. 7. The first public tour will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the last tour beginning at 2:30 p.m. The program includes a 23-minute movie presentation followed by a visit to the Memorial. Ticket distribution will begin at 7:30 a.m. when the Visitor Center opens. For more information please call 808-422-2771 or visit: http://www.nps.gov/usar/index.htm


7. BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL. The Battleship Missouri Memorial is operated by the USS Missouri Memorial Association, a private non-profit organization. The Missouri was the last and most formidable battleship ever built and was the site of Japan's unconditional surrender to allied forces ending WWII. The Missouri is berthed at Ford Island and is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 1-877-MIGHTYMO, email bigmo@ussmissouri.org or visit www.ussmissouri.org.


8. USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM & PARK. The USS Bowfin, known as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," is a WWII submarine commissioned on Dec. 7, 1942. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is located adjacent the USS Arizona Memorial Visitors Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its parent organization is the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association, a private non-profit organization. For more information on the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, please call 808-423-1341 or visit http://www.bowfin.org.



  • For security reasons, no bags are allowed including handbags, backpacks, diaper bags and camera bags. No strollers with pockets and compartments are allowed -- basically anything that provides concealment are not allowed. A bag storage facility located in the parking lot will be available for a nominal fee. Please do not store valuables in your car.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately (no swimsuits), and be prepared to do a lot of walking. 
  • Please expect delays for traffic and security checks.
  • Please understand that all events are subject to change at short notice due to security requirements.

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