Pearl Harbor-Hickam -
More than 3,000 guests and approximately 50 Pearl Harbor survivors attended the 74th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration, held Dec. 7 at Kilo Pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The U.S. Navy and the National Park Service co-hosted the event to honor the sacrifices made by those who fought and lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago.
Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, gave the featured address.
“Today and for every tomorrow, we owe a debt to the men and women who gave their full measure of devotion on Dec. 7 and throughout World War II,” Harris said.
“As we commemorate this day, let us re-dedicate ourselves to delivering to future generations the same gift of security and peace that was purchased for us by those who sacrificed so much in defense of our freedom seven decades ago,” Harris said.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. David Kennedy delivered the keynote speech. “The fact that the bloody conflict began (for America) 74 years ago today may eventually go down in history as one of the most tragic episodes in a long, sorry history of violent human contestations,” Kennedy said.
The commemoration also included a Hawaiian blessing, a military wreath presentation conducted by representatives from each military service, a rifle salute performed by the U.S. Marine Corps, musical performances from the Pacific Fleet Band, and a vintage plane fly-by conducted by the Pacific Warbirds.
The USS Preble (DDG 88) also rendered honors while performing a pass-in-review during the ceremony.