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Pearl Harbor attack 68th anniversary commemorated today: "Remembering the Battle"

Pearl_Harbor_anniversary_commemorated_Remembering_the_BattleToday marks the 68th anniversary of the attack on the United States' naval base at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, on Dec. 7, 1941.

At Pearl Harbor this morning, the attack will be remembered with a ceremony at Kilo Pier, which directly faces the National Park Service's USS Arizona Memorial. The event is free and open to the public.

U.S. Navy boats will depart from the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center between 6:20 and 7 a.m. to transport visitors to Kilo Pier. Seating on the boats will be limited, and will be first-come, first-served. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 7:40 a.m., will include a Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute and music by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band.

A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the attack began. The ceremony will also honor attack survivors as well as the 2,345 military personnel and 57 civilians who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941.

For more information on the ceremony and a list of additional public events commemorating the Dec. 7 attack, click here or call (808) 422-2771, ext. 119 or ext. 124.

On the following pages we take you to the USS Arizona Memorial, and reflect on the day that changed the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the nation and the world with our feature Remembering the Battle—first published in the November/December 2008 issue of HAWAII Magazine.

Click here for a photo slideshow, and here for a video that accompanies the story.

“Remembering the Battle”
A glimpse into the day that changed Oahu forever

Written and photographed by Sherie Char
Historical photos courtesy of the USS Arizona Memorial Photo Archives and Wikipedia Commons
(excerpted from the November/December 2008 issue of HAWAII Magazine)

Hawaii’s visitor attractions usually bring a smile to a traveler’s face. But at Oahu’s most popular attraction, the USS Arizona Memorial, visitors sometimes leave in tears.

Every year, approximately 1.5 million visitors travel to the USS Arizona Memorial, where 1,177 crew members lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941. More than 900 sailors and marines are still entombed there.

Like many Hawaii residents, I’ve often passed by Pearl Harbor on the way to Honolulu or to Oahu’s Leeward side, but I never thought much about the memorial—until I went to see it myself.

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