Dec. 7, 1941, is a day many will never forget. Dec. 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day. And according to a report by NBC12 published on Dec. 6, special events and ceremonies honoring the somber occasion will be held all across the nation.
Pearl Harbor Attack
Just before 8:00 a.m. on a calm Sunday morning, the Japanese attacked the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. More than 2,300 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 people were injured during the surprise attack. 21 American ships and over 320 American aircraft were destroyed or damaged. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the day as a “date which will live in infamy.” The following day, on Dec. 8, the United States declared war on Japan.
On Dec. 5, 2013, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation in honor of the event:
"Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."
Each year, memorial events are held around the nation in honor of those brave men and women who died and fought for our country.
Pearl Harbor Day 2013 Events
- The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will host a joint Memorial Ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. The ceremony will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2013.
- The Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade Opening Ceremony will begin at Fort DeRussey at 5:00 p.m. The actual parade begins at 6:00 p.m. at Fort DeRussey and will end at Kapiolani Park.
- A B-17 flyover and dedication of the USS Arizona & Missouri guns will begin at 9:15. a.m., on Dec. 7, 2013.
- The Virginia War Memorial in Richard will hold a wreath-laying ceremony and special tributes for Pearl Harbor survivors from 11 a.m. - 12:00 on Dec. 7, 2013.
- The Museum of Flight in Seattle will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day public program from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2013.
- The becon on Mount Diablo will be lit in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, making it the first official illumination since renovation took place earlier this year.
- The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond will hold a special ceremony from 11:00 a.m. until noon on Dec. 7, 2013.
- A special ceremony which includes a prayer, ringing of the bell and laying of the wreath, will take place at the Branson Landing beginning at 10:15 at the Main Street Lake Cruises in Branson, MO.
- The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor the event with patriotic music, rifle salute, presentation of colors and a keynote speaker.