Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony: What you need to know
>> When: Ceremony begins at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, with a moment of silence observed at 7:55 a.m.
>> Where: Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial
>> Who: Hundreds of Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans and their families, attack witnesses, elected officials and other dignitaries
>> Highlights: The ceremony will honor survivors of the attack and those who died; Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, will be the keynote speaker; the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey will render “pass-in-review honors” to the USS Arizona; and a missing man flyover will be conducted.
>> If you plan to attend: Seating will be limited for the general public who do not have an invitation. The public is encouraged to watch the ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center or via online streaming. There will be about 2,300 seats at the center to view the televised ceremony on large screens. Free tickets for these seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:30 a.m. Visitors without a ticket will be able to stand and watch the ceremony.
>> What not to bring: Visitors are not allowed to bring items that offer concealment, such as purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage, etc.
>> What is allowed: Wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, canes, umbrellas, jackets, sweaters, medication, small cameras and camcorders, cellphones, wallets and small beverage containers are permitted but subject to inspection.
>> Traffic and parking: Kamehameha Highway town-bound will be closed, except for city buses, from Honomanu Street to Salt Lake Boulevard from 4 a.m. to noon, with east-bound traffic diverted to Moanalua Freeway. Members of the public who do not have an invitation must park at Aloha Stadium and board shuttle buses to the ceremony (first-come, first-served). The stadium parking lot will open at 4 a.m. with shuttles starting at 4:30 a.m.; enter at gates 2, 3 and 4.
Source: 75th Commemoration Committee, city Department of Emergency Management