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Pearl Harbor rite recalls sacrifice of Dec. 7

  • DENNIS ODA
    20111207-119 CTY PEARL HARBOR These 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.
  • DENNIS ODA / doda@staradvertiser.com

    William Muehleib saluted with his fellow Pearl Harbor survivors Wednesday as the National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii hosted the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration on the back lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. About 5,000 people attended the annual observance of the 1941 attack.

  • DENNIS ODA
    Park historian Daniel Martinez led Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Pearl Harbor survivors and family members onto the Arizona Memorial. The retiring of the colors at the conclusion of the rite is seen at left.
  • DENNIS ODA
    20111207-222 CTY PEARL HARBOR The retiring of the colors at the conclusion of the ceremony. The National Park Service and Navy Region Hawaii hosts 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.

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. Read more

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