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National Park Service and U.S. Navy to host 80th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

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Date: October 7, 2021
Contact: Interpretive Team

HONOLULU – The National Park Service (NPS), Navy Region Hawaii, with the support of Pacific Historic Parks will host the 80th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration to honor the 2,390 American lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of O`ahu on December 7, 1941, as well as the continuing legacy the Greatest Generation inspired.

The main ceremony will take place Tuesday, December 7 and begin at 7:45 a.m. on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Kilo Pier. Seating at Kilo Pier will be by invitation only for the health and safety of attending veterans; however, the NPS at Pearl Harbor National Memorial will be live streaming the ceremony from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lawn. Seating at the Visitor Center will be determined via lottery. Additional information on how and when to register for the lottery will be provided in a separate press release. Those with lottery seats will be required to show proof of vaccination status or a negative COVD-19 test.

Parking at the Visitor Center on December 7 from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. will only be permitted for those with lottery tickets. Motorists should expect traffic congestion on all routes near Pearl Harbor National Memorial the morning of December 7. The Visitor Center and parking lots will reopen to the public at 11:00 a.m. NPS facilitated USS Arizona Memorial Programs will run weather and safety permitting from 12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Reservations via will be required, the standby line for space available seating will not be available December 3 – 7.  

The USS Nevada, USS Utah, and USS Oklahoma ceremonies will be open to the public, but base access will be required. Military and NPS COVID-19 protocols may still apply. More information on these ceremonies can be found at

Virtual Programing: Beyond Pearl Harbor will be hosted at from November 29 – December 8. Beyond Pearl Harbor: Untold Stories of WWII, will explore a broader story of the WWII experience.  

Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Public Interpretive Programs: will span December 3 –8. For more information on the various events please visit and

Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial on December 3 - 6, 2021: USS Arizona Memorial public programs will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Tickets will be available via advanced reservation at beginning October 8 at 3:00 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time. The standby line for space available seating will not be available December 3 – 7.  

COVID-19 Protocols: Masks are required at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, regardless of vaccination status. Those with lottery reservations for the main ceremony on December 7 will be required to show proof of vaccination status or a negative COVD-19 test. For more information, please visit our webpage:

Bag Policy: Visitors are not allowed to bring purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage, etc. on shuttle buses or inside Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Visitors may bring wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, canes, umbrellas, jackets, sweaters, small wallets, medication, small cameras and camcorders, cell phones, and small sealable beverage containers. All items brought into the memorial are subject to inspection. Bag storage is available nearby for a fee. Additional information on the monument’s bag policy is available at 

About Pearl Harbor National Memorial: Pearl Harbor National Memorial is a fee-free site and no reservations are required to enter the Visitor Center, museums, or walk the park grounds. Pearl Harbor National Memorial and its partners preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on O`ahu, to peace and reconciliation. For more about the memorial, please visit and   

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