Pearl Harbor • 70th anniversary
20111207-119 CTY PEARL HARBORThese are some of the Pearl Harbor survivors saluting during the ceremony.  The National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii hosted the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration on December 7, 2011 on the back lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.  About 120 Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II Veterans, along with their families and friends from around the nation, join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and more than 3,000 distinguished guests and the general public for the annual observance of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  Highlights of the ceremony included military band music, morning colors, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute by members of the armed services, wreath presentations, echo taps, and recognition of the men and women who survived that December 7, 1941 and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon rendered honors to the USS Arizona at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack and blow its whistle at the start of a moment of silence, followed by a "missing man" formation flight by F-22 jets flown by the Hawaii National Guard, over the Memorial.  Mal Middlesworth, a Marine veteran who was on the USS San Francisco during the bombing, delivered the keynote address.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  DEC. 7, 2011.
Pearl Harbor rite recalls sacrifice of Dec. 7
The heroism and sacrifices of military members and civilians 70 years ago against Japan's surprise attack that launched America into World War II were remembered Wednesday in a ceremony rich with military pomp, memories and emotions at the water's edge of Pearl Harbor.  Story »
Four hours after the first bombs and torpedoes hit the Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt got his first call from Hawaii Territorial Gov. Joseph B. Poindexter, who erroneously told the president that a third wave of Japanese bombers was overhead. Story »

The recollections of the last few members of an honored alliance — the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 70 years ago today — are to be cherished as the living record of a stark historical pivot for the nation, and a turning point for the islands as well.  Story »

Visitors wanting to see the Pearl Harbor historic sites now have the option of spreading their visit over two days with the new "Passport to Pearl Harbor." Story »

The Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is one of those rare events that Winston Churchill called a "hinge of history," the point at which everything changes. Only the Kennedy assassination has inspired more popular-history books than the Pearl Harbor attack, and you'd think that by this point, exactly seven decades later, we'd know everything there is to know. Story »

Photos by George F. Lee / of the Jikoen Hongwanji Mission and students of the Pacific Buddhist Academy folded 2,002 origami cranes for the flag room of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Rev. Shindo Nishiyama delivered an invocation Sunday at the presentation of the cranes. About 1.5 million people annually gaze upon the sunken battleship USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, examining the coral-encrusted armor and droplets of rising fuel oil for insight into the cataclysm that struck Hawaii — and the United States — 70 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.  Story »

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