It’s still months away, but plans are already in the works for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and six other military bases on Oahu. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, half the U.S. fleet was lost and all eight battleships that were in dock were damaged or destroyed.
“A date which will live in infamy” marked the United States’ entry into World War II.
Several events will lead up to and follow the actual remembrance day, including movie nights, a gala, and a survivors’ tribute.
“Those folks that were 18 on Dec. 7, 1941, are 93 now. This probably our last really big opportunity to recognize their sacrifice,” said Adm. Thomas Fargo, who is retired from the U.S. Navy. “We’re expanding this to make sure we recognize all the folks that have served their country over the last seven decades.”
Organizers aim to honor the past while inspiring a peaceful future.
“We need to touch as many people as we possibly can,” said Adm. Fargo. “We’re talking three generations of Americans. A lot of those folks never get an opportunity to come out to see something like the Arizona Memorial or the Pacific Aviation Museum. We’ve got a special responsibility here to reach out to all of those generations.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority released a $500,000 grant to help market and promote the event, which is expected to draw in thousands of people.