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December 7th Anniversary events 2007

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Date: November 19, 2007
Contact: Eileen Martinez, (808) 422-2771 ext. 124

Pearl Harbor 66th Anniversary:

"HONORING THE PAST, BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE"

Thank you for your inquiry concerning events commemorating the 66th 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 events planned to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Description of Events:

National Park Service, USS Arizona Memorial & visitor center

Operations on December 7, 2007

  • The USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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

Pearl Harbor Day 66th Anniversary Commemoration, 7:40 a.m., December 7, 2007

Ceremony Site: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Kilo Pier

• News media may contact: Eileen Martinez at 808-422-2771 ext. 124 or Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs at 808-473-2888.

• If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor who would like to attend this ceremony, please contact the Navy Region Hawaii Protocol Office at 808-473-2206.

The National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii will host the 66th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration on Friday, December 7, 2007, 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, “Honoring the Past, Building for the Future,” will reflect on the remembrance of Pearl Harbor and efforts underway today that continue to broaden interpretive opportunities for future generations of Americans to discover the history of WWII and appreciate the veterans who served and their comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Special guest speakers include Dr. Robert K. Sutton, Chief Historian, National Park Service and Admiral Robert Willard; Commander, US Pacific Fleet.

Highlights of the ceremony will include a selection of military band music, 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 66 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 66th 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 either U.S. Navy boats or special buses 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 U.S. Navy boats and buses are limited, and available on a first come, first served basis. The first U.S. Navy boats and buses for the general public will depart from the visitor center at 6 a.m., the last boat and bus will depart at 7 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. At the conclusion of the Commemoration Ceremony, U.S. Navy boats and buses will transport the public back to the visitor center. Expected arrival time back is between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Members of the general public attending the commemoration will also have the opportunity to obtain a free ticket for the regularly scheduled afternoon tours of the USS Arizona Memorial. Tickets will be for tours beginning at 12:15 and will be distributed as visitors are boarding their buses or boats for the ceremony.

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. One water bottle per person is permitted.

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 eight not attend the commemoration at Kilo Pier.

USS Oklahoma Memorial DEDICATION Ceremony

December 7, 2007, NOON

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

The USS Oklahoma Memorial Dedication Ceremony will take place on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 at 12:00 p.m.. The Battleship Oklahoma was berthed along Ford Island on Dec. 7, 1941, and suffered the second greatest loss of life during the attack.

Jointly hosted by the National Park Service and the Oklahoma Memorial Committee, the ceremony will include military music selections, presentation of colors, raising of flag over the memorial signifying the transfer of property management to the National Park Service, a Twenty-one Gun Salute, taps, and distinguished guests. Keynote speakers include USS Oklahoma Survivor Ensign Ed Vezey, and a representative from the Oklahoma “family."

Public Access to the USS Oklahoma Memorial Dedication Ceremony on Ford Island.

The dedication ceremony is free of charge and a limited number of seats are open to the general public by advance reservation only. Due to strict security measures on Ford Island, only invited guests will be allowed access to Ford Island in their vehicles. Members of the general public wishing to attend the dedication ceremony will be required to make advance reservations for special bus transportation departing from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum which is adjacent to the USS Arizona Memorial. Bus transportation begins at 10:30. Seats are limited and must be reserved in advance BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. To reserve transportation from the USS Bowfin parking lot to Ford Island, click RESERVE NOW. For additional reservation assistance, call 422-2771, ext. 111.

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. At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony, special buses will transport the public back to the visitor center. Expected arrival time back is between 1:50 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

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 at the dedication ceremony. One water bottle per person is recommended.

Dress Code

The civilian dress code for the dedication ceremony is Aloha attire.

Children

Due to the formality and length of the ceremony, it is recommended that children under the age of eight not attend.

Please Note: Visitors who wish to combine a visit to the Battleship Missouri Memorial Museum or the Pacific Aviation Museum, also located on Ford Island, should purchase tickets at the USS Bowfin ticket counter. Tickets to both facilities include transportation to Ford Island and the site of the dedication ceremony. The Bowfin ticket counter opens at 8:00 a.m. The first transport for the Ford Island sites leave at 9:00 a.m.

Pacific Aviation Museum

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

The Pacific Aviation 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 and is open 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., daily.

For general information and details on their December 7 and First Anniversary special events, please call the Pacific Aviation Museum at 808-690-0169 or visit  http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/special_events.php

BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL.

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-MIGHTYMO 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 Visitor Center and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

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.

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.