Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Commemorating Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary

This past week, we commemorated National Pearl Harbor Remembrance day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor- an assault that left 2,403 Americans dead and propelled the United States into World War II.

It was a week of honoring the past, and inspiring the future. Thousands of families from all around the world joined us in Pearl Harbor honoring those that fought that day.  A variety of emotions filled the week from sunrise to sunset.  Rivers of kids flowed through the Missouri’s gate to perform “A Gift of Music” in remembrance and honor of all of those who lost their lives. To hear and feel the sound of their drums pounding and instruments playing and their voices rose proudly, in peace, 75 years after war began- was truly a spectacle. Japan's December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and six other military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu propelled America's entry into World War II, a global conflict. Today, Pearl Harbor endures as a symbol of American resilience and resolve and the annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor fosters reflection, remembrance, and understanding

The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor provided an opportunity to honor the sacrifices and dedication of our "Greatest Generation" both civilian and military that endured incredible sacrifices on December 7, 1941, a "date which will live in infamy." The events of that date triggered our resolve as a nation, our can-do attitude and resourcefulness and an unmatched commitment to the defense of freedom.

However, we tend to not think of the USS Missouri in association with the December 7th attack. Yet for members of Missouri’s last crew, there is a special remembrance of the 50th anniversary commemoration here in Pearl Harbor, where the USS Missouri was a major participant.
Operation Remembrance was the last time that the Mighty Mo was fully manned and at her finest, and prepared to welcome a United States President aboard. Her decks representing an eternal symbol of peace in the same spot where the war that had begun for the U.S.

Understanding past events and their consequences can inspire reverence for an emotional commitment to peaceful solutions to conflict. How do we help future generations chart their way toward peace and prosperity? We can learn from the past.  A key focus of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be a brighter future and a continued relationship with Japan, a celebration of 71 years of peace between two countries, now allies.

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