National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

USS Arizona Survivor Lou Conter at the 75th Commemoration Ceremony.

Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.

On Aug. 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Every year, remembrance events are held at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, culminating in a commemoration ceremony on Dec. 7. To see photos of these events, please go to our Flickr page. To see videos of these events, please visit our YouTube page.

December 7, 2020

Information coming soon. Details about the 79th commemoration ceremony and other commemorative events will be provided on the official Pearl Harbor Events page, on our Facebook page, and on our website calendar.

Pearl Harbor National Memorial, 79th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration “Salute to Veterans!” Video Campaign

We invite all families and caregivers to “Salute our World War II Veterans” by sharing a 10-second video that features members of the Greatest Generation. We will share a selection of these videos during our live December 7th Commemoration broadcast and on our social media channels. Help us shower our World War II Veterans with appreciation for their unwavering commitment to excellence!

Post your video on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using one or both of these hashtags: #PearlHarbor79 and #RememberPearlHarbor. Then tag us @PearlHarborNPS and @NavyRegionHawaii. You may also send us a direct message of your video if you would prefer to keep your profile public. By using our hashtags, you are agreeing to let us post your video on our social media channels.

Please remember to follow all CDC Guidance to slow the spread of Covid-19.

How to Create a Social Media Video
Story: Tell a story and try to make your video personal. Clearly define the subject of your video when using the theme of “Salute a Veteran.”

Be sure to only include:

  • Veteran’s NameShip/Installation/World War II
  • Theater or Campaign
  • Rate/Rank

Plan what to say, here are a few examples:

  • “This is Jim Doe, World War II Veteran from USS Tennessee and Pacific Theater. Serving in Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. Thank you for Remembering Pearl Harbor”

  • “This is John Doe and I want to thank my Veteran, ABE2 John Paul Jones, who works on board USS Enterprise. Thank you for answering the call to duty and for your service!”

  • “Remember Pearl Harbor! This year, I want to send a special thank you to Lou Contor for serving on the USS Arizona. Victory at sea for the U.S. Navy is driven by the valor of American Sailors like you!”

Audio: We want to clearly hear and understand your story. We recommend your video be shot as a “selfie,” where you take a video of yourself. However, if you use a tripod or ask someone to film you, make sure you’re no more than six feet away from your smartphone: the closer you are to its internal microphone, the more easily you’ll be heard!

Recording: When it is time to roll the camera, make sure you’re seen in the best light! Use even, natural light — such as soft light from a window or an outdoor setting. Avoid standing directly in front a bright light source (like an open window), as that will often result in a silhouette rather than a clear image. Shoot your video in a vertical format, and be sure your video is no longer than 10 seconds. Be sure to remove any personally identifiable items, such as mail, name badges or ID cards!

Posting: Don't for get to post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using one or both of these hashtags: #PearlHarbor79 and #RememberPearlHarbor. Then tag us @PearlHarborNPS and @NavyRegionHawaii. By using our hashtags, you are agreeing to let us post your video on our social media channels.

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