(Via Ho’okele News)
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument has announced a new highlight to this year’s Dec. 7 commemoration ceremony. Through a partnership with Veterans United Home Loans, the National Park Service will host an interactive Google+ Hangout, allowing Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans to be a part of the Dec. 7 ceremonies, even if they cannot travel to Honolulu.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Hawaii time, before the main ceremony begins, Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans and audiences located at partnering sites across the mainland will be speaking with Pearl Harbor survivors on Oahu and introducing themselves to all those who are participating in the Hangout through the “face-to-face-to-face” streaming technology.
Following the Hangout, the main ceremony will begin at 7:45 a.m., where participants will join the ceremony with the same view as if they were sitting in the audience on the main lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The recording of the 72nd anniversary will be available live stream on youtube.com/veteransunited.
The series of events planned by the National Park Service to commemorate the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Oahu include:
Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 7, 14
* The play “Nothing Is The Same” will be performed Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: and Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. at Honolulu Theatre for Youth Tenney Theatre. The play explores how on Dec. 7, 1941, the lives of four 11 year olds living on Oahu are changed forever when Pearl Harbor is attacked.
This play explores what friendship means when everything in one’s world is turned upside down. The play is recommended for kids ages 8 and up. Visit the Honolulu Theatre for Youth website http://www.htyweb.org for tickets or call 839-9885.
* “After Dark In The Park: Remembering Pearl Harbor: The Media’s Coverage of the Attack” at 6 p.m. at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center movie theaters. Admission is free.
The event will focus on the media coverage of Dec. 7 and how the country first heard about the attack. Seating is limited. Call 422-3316 for reservations.
Dec. 5, 6, 8
* Narrated historic Pearl Harbor boat tours will be held at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 6, and 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Narrated by National Park Service rangers, this one-hour boat tour takes visitors around historic Ford Island to view many of the notable sites of the 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.
All boats will depart from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The program is offered separate from the normal park program and includes a stop at the USS Arizona Memorial. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Tickets can be booked online at recreation.gov or by calling 954-8721.
* USS Utah sunset ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m. at USS Utah Memorial, Ford Island.
Pearl Harbor survivors, military personnel and their families and friends are invited to attend a sunset ceremony honoring those lost aboard the USS Utah at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island. Base access is required.
* NPS and U.S. Navy Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony at 7:45 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The event is open to the public.
Attendees should arrive at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at 7 a.m. at the latest. Free public parking is available at Aloha Stadium, with free shuttles to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center starting at 6 a.m.
* Ewa Field Memorial from 7:45 to 9 at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station. Admission is free. The Aloha Chapter of the Marine Corps League and the Honolulu Council of the Navy League of the United States will observe the 72nd Anniversary of the Japanese attack at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station to honor those Marines who fought and died here.
* Hickam Field ceremony from 7:55 to 9 a.m. at Atterbury Circle, Hickam Field. Admission is free. The 15th Wing will host the 72nd annual Dec. 7, 1941 remembrance ceremony to honor the 189 killed and 303 wounded during the attacks. The ceremony is open to all military identification card holders, veterans, survivors of the attack, and guests of attending survivors. Base access is required. Attendees must be in place by 7:15 a.m.
* USS Oklahoma Memorial Pearl Harbor Day remembrance from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island.
The event will be hosted by the National Park Service in honor of those who served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Those who wish to attend the ceremony can catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, which is adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The memorial is located on Ford Island, near Fox-5 Pier next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
* Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade from 5 to 7 p.m. from Ft. DeRussy to Kapiolani Park.
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade committee will host the 72nd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Parade featuring Pearl Harbor survivors, military and government officials, and marching bands and parade units from the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.
For more information on the Dec. 7 remembrance events, visit the website http://www.pacifichistoricparks.org/phh_events.php