Commemoration will be livestreamed from Hawaii memorial
This Dec. 7, Americans remember the world-changing event known as Pearl Harbor, or as President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his Dec. 8, 1941, speech declaring war on Japan, “a date which will live in infamy.”
At 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, many will gather at Pearl Harbor National Memorial for the 81st commemoration. The early start marks the exact minute 81 years ago when Japanese warplanes descended on Oahu, killing 2,403 service members and civilians, injuring thousands more and dealing a near fatal blow to the Navy’s fleet at Pearl Harbor.
The mostly young Americans who died that day, along with those who served in uniform during World War II or on the home front war effort, are collectively known as the Greatest Generation. Their sacrifices reflect the theme of this year’s commemoration: Everlasting Legacy. Its focus is the importance of remembering Pearl Harbor and how the Greatest Generation saved America from tyranny and brought peace through reconciliation.
The 81st Pearl Harbor Commemoration will be held Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu. The service is open to the public and available for viewing via a livestream link that can be accessed through https://www. pearlharborevents.com.