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Pearl Harbor Day Observance

Pearl Harbor Day Observance

December 07th, 2018 12:25pm

Join us on Friday, December 7th at 12:25 in the Memorial Courtyard to remember the day the United States was thrown into war and honor those who served and were lost that day. This program is free to the public. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved into the Nimitz Gallery Grand Ballroom. 

On December 7, 1941, the United States of America was attacked by the Empire of Japan. On that day, 2,403 American lives were lost, 1,177 of those were lost aboard the USS Arizona. On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress and asked for a Declaration of War, which was immediately declared.



Our keynote speaker this year is Michael Parrish, Ph.D. Dr. Parrish is a Professor of American History at Baylor University, where he teaches courses on Texas History and the Civil War.


His speech is titled: Doris Miller at Pearl Harbor: Far More than a Hero.


He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also taught in the History Department and worked at the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum.


He is the author and editor of several books, including Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement, recently published by Texas A&M University Press. 


There will be a wreath presentation by any Pearl Harbor Veterans in attendance, followed by a three-gun volley by our Nimitz Living History Detachment and taps played by Bill Smallwood

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