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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration

December 7, 2019 @ 7:50 am - 9:15 am


The National Park Service and the United States Navy will host the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 78th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony to honor and remember the 2,390 American casualties lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu on December 7, 1941.

The ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m. and take place on the Ceremonial Lawn at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Pearl Harbor survivors, WWII veterans, family members, and local dignitaries will be in attendance. The keynote speaker is The Honorable David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior.

A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. A ship will render pass-in-review honors to the USS Arizona and all Pearl Harbor Survivors. A missing man flyover conducted by the 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawai’i Air National Guard and the 19th Fighter Squadron, U.S. Air Force will follow.

Highlights of the ceremony will also include music by the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band, a Hawaiian blessing, wreath presentations, a rifle salute by the U.S. Marine Corps, a vintage aircraft flyover, and Echo Taps in recognition of the men and women who survived the attack and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country on December 7, 1941.

Arrive early if you plan to attend in person. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will open at 6:00 a.m.

Note: If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor or World War II veteran, please contact the Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 473-1173 or email CNRH.PAO@navy.mil. 


The commemoration ceremony will take place rain or shine on the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center’s Ceremonial Lawn. The event will be uncovered, and umbrellas will not be permitted. Ponchos will be available in the event of bad weather. Please wear appropriate footwear. Military are not obligated to be in uniform for this ceremony. Military members who choose to wear uniforms to the site are encouraged to wear Class B or better.

Live Broadcast

There are many ways to join the live broadcast of this event:

Pearlharborevents.com website
Pearl Harbor National Monument Facebook Page
Pearl Harbor National Monument Twitter Page
Pearl Harbor National Monument YouTube Page


Master of Ceremonies, Chief of Interpretation Jason Blount
Pearl Harbor National Memorial, National Park Service

Moment of Silence

Missing Man Flyover Formation
199th Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard
19th Fighter Squadron, U.S. Air Force

Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, and Hawaii Pono`i
Joint Service Color Guard, U.S. Pacific Command
Pacific Fleet Band

USS William P. Lawrence 

Hawaiian Blessing
Kahu Kamaki Kanahele, Kahu Helen O’Connor-Lewis, Kahu Kyle Chang and
Kakoo Michael Makani Tabura

Prayer for Peace
Japan Religious Committee for World Federation

Guest Speakers

Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell
Pearl Harbor National Memorial, National Park Service

Rear Admiral Robb Chadwick
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

The Honorable Harry B. Harris
Ambassador of the United States

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable David Bernhardt
Secretary of the Interior

Service Wreath Presentations

Captain Steven Lee, CHC, USN
Chaplain, Marine Forces U.S. Pacific

Rifle Salute
U.S. Marine Corps

Echo Taps & Postlude
Pacific Fleet Band

Vintage Aircraft Flyover

Wreath Donors



December 7, 2019
7:50 am - 9:15 am
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Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, 96818 United States


Pearl Harbor National Memorial
United States Navy