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More than two dozen WWII vets expected for 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

  • BRUCE ASATO / 2019
                                The USS Arizona Memorial is seen in July while work was underway to repair a floating dock. The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will honor National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Saturday at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at 1 Arizona Memorial Place.

    BRUCE ASATO / 2019

    The USS Arizona Memorial is seen in July while work was underway to repair a floating dock. The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will honor National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Saturday at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at 1 Arizona Memorial Place.

The 78th commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is expected to include more than two dozen World War II veterans with the theme “Glimmers of Victory” that includes the United States fighting back with the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Battle of the Coral Sea and the turning point of Midway.

The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy will honor National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Saturday at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at 1 Arizona Memorial Place.

The ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m. and will commemorate the service and sacrifice of American service members and civilians who fought and died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu.

Lou Conter, 98, one of three remaining survivors from the USS Arizona, is expected to be present. The ashes of shipmate Lauren Bruner, who died on Sept. 10 at age 98, will be interred on his former battleship at a sunset ceremony.

The morning ceremony will include a pass and review by the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence, a flyover by Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighters and remarks from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea retired Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.

Seating is limited. Public parking will be available at Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Richardson Field and surrounding areas.

Following the ceremony and associated events, public programs to the USS Arizona Memorial will be resume from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on events scheduled this week for the 78th anniversary, visit www.pearlharborevents.com, www.nps.gov/pearlharbor and www.facebook.com/pearlharborNPS.

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