Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Commemoration

December 7, 2021 @ 12:45PM — 1:45PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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Remember Pearl Harbor at the World War II Memorial!

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Nearly 80 years ago, Imperial Japan launched a surprise military attack on the United States at the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor took the lives of 2,008 sailors, 218 soldiers and airmen, 109 marines, and 68 civilians; left 1,178 wounded; and catapulted the United States into the deadliest conflict in human history. Over the course of 24 hours, Imperial Japan would also launch attacks on Midway, Wake Island, Guam, The Philippines, Malaya (now Malaysia), Singapore, and Hong Kong.

To mark this significant date in U.S. and world history, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service will co-host a Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Commemoration on Tuesday, December 7th at 12:53 p.m. ET at the World War II Memorial.

And, earlier that morning, Friends is inviting members of the public to help us read the names of the more than 2,400 Americans who were killed in the attack. The Reading of the Names will begin at 9 a.m. ET at the Word War II Memorial and will take approximately 3 hours. To volunteer to read names, register here: https://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/pearl-harbor-8...

The special ceremony and reading of the names will remember and honor those killed and wounded in the attacks and pay tribute to a generation of people who helped to free the world from tyranny.

As part of the official ceremony, World War II veterans, representatives of our Allied Nations, and other dignitaries will lay wreaths at the "Freedom Wall" of the National World War II Memorial.

If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor or World War II veteran (or if you know of one) who would like to participate in the Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary ceremony at the Memorial, please email hrotondi@wwiimemorialfriends.org!

We hope you'll join us on December 7th at the WWII Memorial!