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Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary: "A NATION REMEMBERS"

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Date: November 9, 2006

PEARL HARBOR 65TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM, DECEMBER 2 - 5, 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 regarding the multitude of events that have been planned to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

PEARL HARBOR 65TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM
DECEMBER 2 - 5, 2006
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

FREE HISTORY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY NIGHT
DECEMBER 3, 2006, 7:30 P.M.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Tapa Ballroom

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATIONREUNION CONVENTION IN HONOLULU
DECEMBER 4 - 7

PEARL HARBOR 65TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FUNDRAISER DINNER
DECEMBER 5, 2006, 6:00 P.M.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Coral Ballroom

HISTORIC BOAT TOURS
DECEMBER 6, 2006
USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Visitor Center

UNVEILING AND HAWAIIAN BLESSING OF A NEW USS Arizona BATTLESHIP MUSEUM SCALE MODEL
DECEMBER 6, 2006, 4:30 P.M.
USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center Museum

PEARL HARBOR DAY 65TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION FEATURING FORMER NBC NEWS ANCHOR TOM BROKAW AS KEYNOTE SPEAKERDECEMBER 7, 2006, 7:40 A.M.
Commemoration Site: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Kilo Pier
Live Broadcast Site: USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, USS Arizona MEMORIAL & VISITORS CENTEROPERATIONS ON DECEMBER 7, 2006

PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM GRAND OPENING
DECEMBER 7, 2006, 11:30 A.M.
Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

USS OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONYDECEMBER 7, 2006, 12:30 P.M.
Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

NEW PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS PROJECT WEBSITE
New Website Invites the Nation to Rebuild the Day That Lives In InFamy

BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL
USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM & PARK

TIPS FOR VISITING PEARL HARBOR HISTORIC SITES

Description of Events:

PEARL HARBOR 65TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM, DECEMBER 2 - 5, 2006

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
Unprecedented Gathering of Pearl Harbor Historians, Authors and Survivors
* If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor, you and a guest may attend the seminar sessions at no charge. However, you must register in advance. Please see information below.

Join nationally acclaimed authors, historians and actual Pearl Harbor survivors and Japanese aviation veterans in an unprecedented gathering to recount the events that lead America into World War II. Hosted by the National Park Service and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, the Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary Symposium will include panels, lectures, receptions and bus tours to actual attack sites throughout Oahu.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.Arizonamemorial.org or call 1-888-485-1941.
News media may contact: Lisa Ontai, 808-375-9352, ontai@pixi.com

HISTORY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY NIGHT, 7:30 P.M., DECEMBER 3, 2006

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Tapa Ballroom,
The public is invited to attend a free special showing of rare Japanese and American newsreel footage from actual 1941 news reports on the attack of Pearl Harbor, "How They Reported It: The Japanese and American Newsreel Media." Hosted by the History Channel, National Park Service and Arizona Memorial Museum Association, the event will also feature two special panel discussions: "How They Reported It: Contrasting Headlines of December 7th, 1941 & September 11h, 2001," featuring noted media experts and news reporters; and "A New Beginning: The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites," featuring representatives from USS Bowfin Submarine & Museum, USS Missouri Battleship Memorial, Pacific Air Museum, and a special film from the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum and Visitor Center. Admission is free, seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information, visit http://www.arizonamemorial.org or call 1-888-485-1941
News media may contact: Lisa Ontai, 808-375-9352, ontai@pixi.com

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION REUNION CONVENTION IN HONOLULU, DECEMBER 4 - 7

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

PEARL HARBOR 65TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FUNDRAISER DINNER, 6 P.M., DECEMBER 5, 2006

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
An elegant black-tie dinner dance with Pearl Harbor Survivors featuring live band music and entertainment from the 1940's. Tickets start at $250 per person with proceeds benefiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund is leading the charge to replace the physical home for Pearl Harbor history-the USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Visitors Center. The existing facility, which is in disrepair, will be replaced by a new larger, Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitors Center once funds can be raised.
For more information, call (866) DEC-1941, visit http://www.pearlharbormemorial.com or email info@pearlharbormemorial.com
News media may contact: Lisa Ontai, 808-375-9352, ontai@pixi.com

HISTORIC BOAT TOURS, DECEMBER 6, 2006

USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Visitor Center
The National Park Service is offering two special Historic Pearl Harbor Boat Tours on December 6, 2006, at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. The free boat tours will be narrated by National Park Service rangers and will take visitors around historic Ford Island. The one-hour tours will give visitors an opportunity to witness many of the notable sites of the 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. All boats will depart the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center and the program is offered separate from the normal park program. Seating is limited, NO reservations will be accepted. Instead, tickets will be distributed on December 6, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.
For more information call the National Park Service at (808) 422-2771.

10:00 AM Tour
"Keeping Their Memories Alive"
The "Day of Infamy" tells not only the story of duty, honor, and sacrifice,
but also about family, forgiveness and survival. Discover this story of
how both American and Japanese military casualties as and survivors of
December 7, 1941, experienced and remembered that day. There will be no stop at the USS Arizona Memorial.

12 NOON Tour
"From Fishponds to Battleships"
Travel through time from the geologic formation of Pearl Harbor to its
importance to native Hawaiians and subsequently, to its strategic
significance to the U.S. Military. Discover how the history of Pearl
Harbor extends far beyond December 7, 1941. There will be no stop at the
USS Arizona Memorial.

UNVEILING AND HAWAIIAN BLESSING OF A NEW USS Arizona BATTLESHIP MUSEUM SCALE MODEL, 4:30 P.M., DECEMBER 6, 2006

USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Visitor Center
Thanks to the generosity of the Starr Foundation, a new USS Arizona battleship scale model has been built to replace the existing model in the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center Museum. Using newly discovered research about the USS Arizona and the latest model building technology, the new model will be the most accurately depicted replica of the USS Arizona battleship to date. Eight USS Arizona survivor veterans will assist with the official unveiling, to be followed by a Hawaiian Blessing and reception. For more information, call (866) DEC-1941, visit www.pearlharbormemorial.com or email info@pearlharbormemorial.com.

PEARL HARBOR DAY 65TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, 7:40 A.M., DECEMBER 7, 2006

Former NBC Nightly News Anchor Tom Brokaw to be Keynote Speaker
Ceremony Site: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Kilo Pier
Live Broadcast: USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center

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

The National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii will host the 65th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration on Thursday, December 7, 2006, 7:40 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Kilo Pier on Naval Station Pearl Harbor. The Kilo Pier venue looks directly out on the USS Arizona Memorial situated in Pearl Harbor approximately half a mile away.

The theme of this year's historic commemoration, "A Nation Remembers," will reflect on how the remembrance of Pearl Harbor has evolved throughout the years since World War II. During the war years, "Remember Pearl Harbor" became a battle cry for the nation, uniting the country to defend democracy and freedom. Today, "Remember Pearl Harbor" has taken on a different definition and provides an opportunity for reflection, a study of lessons learned and gratitude towards the Pearl Harbor veterans who served and their comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

More than 1,500 Pearl Harbor Survivors and their families and friends from around the nation, who are gathering in Honolulu for their last official Reunion and Convention, will attend the Commemoration

Former NBC Nightly News Anchor and Managing Editor Tom Brokaw will serve as the keynote speaker for the commemoration. "Mr. Brokaw's sensitivity and eloquence in describing the contributions of those who served in World War II has made him a fitting choice for this years keynote speaker," said Daniel Martinez, USS Arizona Memorial National Park Service Historian. "Mr. Brokaw's books about our honored WWII veterans have generated the phrase that has become part of the nation's vernacular: 'the greatest generation.' Our Pearl Harbor Survivors are part of that great generation and as a Nation, we would like to recognize, honor and perpetuate the memory of their sacrifices and those of their fallen comrades at this years historic commemoration."

Highlights of the ceremony will include music by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, morning colors, a Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute by members of the U.S. Marine Corps, wreath presentations, echo taps and recognition of the men and women who survived that December 7, 1941 and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

At 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack began 65 years ago, a moment of silence will be observed. A U.S. Navy ship will render honors to the USS Arizona. Hawaii Air National Guard F-15s will fly over the memorial in a "missing man" formation.

Public Access to the Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary Commemoration at Kilo Pier
The commemoration is free of charge and a limited number of seats are open to the general public. Due to strict security measures on Naval Station Pearl Harbor, only invited guests will be allowed access on base in their vehicles. General public wishing to attend the Commemoration will be required to board US Navy boats departing from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center which will transport them to Kilo Pier and the commemoration site. Seats for the general public on the US Navy boats and at the commemoration are limited, and available on a first come, first served basis. The first US Navy boat for the general public will depart from the Visitor Center at 5:45 a.m., the last boat will depart at 6:30 a.m. Parking for the general public is available at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Attendees should allow a minimum of an extra 15 minutes for parking and to pass through security.

Live Broadcast of Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary Commemoration at Visitor Center
For the general public who are not able to secure a seat at the Commemoration, the National Park Service and Arizona Memorial Museum Association has arranged to have the Commemoration broadcast live into the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center's two movie theaters and onto special tv screens located on the Visitor Center's backlawn area. Seating in the movie theaters is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

USS Arizona Memorial Public Tours
The regularly scheduled National Park Service public tours to the USS Arizona Memorial will be operating on a special schedule on December 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.

Security
Personal cameras may be used, however due to strict security measures; NO camera bags, purses, handbags and/or other items that offer concealment are allowed in the Visitor Center or at the Ceremony.

Dress Code
The civilian dress code for the Commemoration at Kilo Pier is Aloha crisp attire. Military dress is summer whites or service dress equivalent with ribbons, no medals.

Children
Due to the formality and length of the commemoration, it is recommended that children under the age of 8 not attend the Commemoration at Kilo Pier.

Directions

Car
From the Honolulu/Waikiki area, take Ala Moana Blvd. /Nimitz Highway or H-1 Freeway West. While on H-1, look for the USS Arizona/Stadium exit, #15A. The USS Arizona Memorial is located off of State Highway 99 (Kamehameha Highway) about a 45-minute drive west of Waikiki.

Public Transportation
Honolulu public transit buses stop regularly at the Visitor Center and can be boarded in Waikiki. The #20 and #42 bus will take you to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.

Information
For more information on the Pearl Harbor Day 65th Anniversary Commemoration, visit www.nps.gov/usar or call the National Park Service at (808) 422-2771.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, USS Arizona MEMORIAL & VISITORS
OPERATIONS ON DECEMBER 7, 2006

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.

PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM GRAND OPENING
DECEMBER 7, 2006,11:30 A.M.

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
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/.

USS OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
DECEMBER 7, 2006, 12:30 P.M.

  • Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
  • 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

    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.

NEW PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS PROJECT WEBSITE

New Website Invites the Nation to Rebuild the Day That Lives In InFamy
The recently launched Pearl Harbor Survivors Project has already drawn thousands of viewers and contributors to its website www.pearlharborstories.org. Sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Project is an online community centered around an interactive Web site, www.pearlharborstories.org, that allows visitors to share the stories, photos or letters passed down by their fathers, grandfathers, spouses and friends. By doing so they are creating a piece of living history that serves as a lasting tribute to Pearl Harbor Survivors and preserves history for future generations. Loved ones can also record their stories by calling a toll-free number (1-866-PHSTORY). Once recorded, the stories will be available in an audio file format so that visitors to www.pearlharborstories.org can listen to or download the stories. Pearl Harbor Survivor Project Kiosks will be set up at various Pearl Harbor 65th Anniversary event venues in Honolulu.
For more information, visit http://www.pearlharborstories.org or call 1-866-PHSTORY

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 e-mail us or visit http://www.ussmissouri.org.

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.

TIPS FOR VISITING PEARL HARBOR HISTORIC SITES:

  • 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.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Although the USS Arizona was stricken from the official register of U.S. naval vessels after the attack, on March 7, 1950, she was symbolically "re-commissioned" when a flagpole was erected on the ship.