For the first time, this Dec. 7 the National Park Service and U.S. Navy will be live-streaming their commemoration of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
“Prior to the start of the ceremony, Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans will be interviewed and viewers will get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the ceremony,” states a Nov. 25 National Park Service news release. “Those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person will be able to watch the event in their hometown as it takes place. Online registration to view the event is required. All those interested in watching are encouraged to visit the following link to sign-up: http://bit.ly/LiveBroadcastDec7.”
Of course, there will be a lot of top brass speaking at the ceremony: Paul DePrey, Superintendent, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, National Park Service; Rear Admiral Richard Williams, Commander, Navy Region and Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific; and Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Commander, Pacific Air Forces. Robinson will give the keynote address.
There will also be music from the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, morning colors, a Hawaiian blessing, a cannon salute from U.S. Army soldiers, wreath presentations, echo taps and recognition of the men and women who survived the attack and those who perished.
“At 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began 73 years ago, a moment of silence will be observed,” states the National Park Service news release. “A U.S. Navy ship will render honors to the USS Arizona and all Pearl Harbor survivors, and a flyover will be conducted above Pearl Harbor. The ceremony will conclude with a ‘Walk of Honor’ by Pearl Harbor Survivors and other World War II Veterans through an honor cordon of military service members and National Park Service men and women.”
The ceremony is scheduled to last 90 minutes. Once again, click here to sign up to watch the ceremony online.
Photo of USS Arizona: U.S. Navy