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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2017: Events at Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States and Hawaii became the target of a coordinated attack from the Empire of Japan. In an effort to keep the United States Pacific Fleet from impeding its advancements in South Asia and the Pacific, Japan launched 414 attack planes at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Oahu. Though the attack lasted only two hours, it left behind a wake of destruction that resulted in the loss of 2,403 American lives and became the catalyst for the United States’ involvement in World War II and the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans.

For the 76th anniversary of the attack, observed on Dec. 7, 2017, many events are being held at the sites of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and Pacific Historic Parks to commemorate the lives lost and the brave heroes that answered the call of duty. While some are private and held specifically for military personnel and their guests, others are public ceremonies.


The following is a list of the events being held at Pearl Harbor on the 76th anniversary.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration

  • When: 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (HST)
  • Where: Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lawn
  • Who: Public Event
  • Details: Keynote speaker and author of Countdown to Pearl Harbor, Steve Twomey, will lead the official ceremony commemorating the memory of the Pearl Harbor attack and those affected by it.

December 7th 76th Remembrance Ceremony

  • When: 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (HST)
  • Where: Barbers Point Golf Course
  • Who: Private Event
  • Details: The Navy League of the United States, Honolulu Council, and the Aloha Chapter of the Marine Corps League welcome the surviving Marines and their families for a special dedication to the Marines who fought and died during the attack.

Attack on Hickam Field Ceremony & Reception

Source: Defense Imagery Management Operation Center

  • When: 7:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (HST)
  • Where: Atterbury Circle, Hickam, AFB
  • Who: Private Event
  • Details: Hosted by the 15th Wing, this remembrance ceremony is dedicated to the 492 casualties suffered at the Hickam Air Force Base attack.

Dec. 7 Remembrance Ceremony

  • When:  8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (HST)
  • Where: Marine Corps Base Hawaii
  • Who: Private Event
  • Details: The annual Kipper Ceremony will be held to recognize and remember the Japanese attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay. The commemoration will feature the United States Marine Forces, Pacific Band.

Freedom Bell Ringing

  • When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (HST)
  • Where: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
  • Who: Public Event
  • Details: The Spirit of Liberty Foundation will hang the Freedom Bell and ring it in honor of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony

Source: Defense Imagery Management Operation Center

  • When: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (HST)
  • Where: USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island
  • Who: Public Event
  • Details: This hour-long event is held to honor the 429 crew members killed after the USS Oklahoma was struck by eight to 12 torpedoes.

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and Public Ceremony

  • When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (HST)
  • Where: Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki, Oahu, HI
  • Who: Public Event
  • Details: The streets of Waikiki and Honolulu will host one of the larger Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day celebrations. The parade, which features Pearl Harbor survivors, marching bands from around the country, and government officials will start at Ft. DeRussy and end at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu.