Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Parade

111218-N-RI884-097 HONOLULU (Dec. 18, 2011) The U.S. Pacific Fleet Marching Band participates in a parade through downtown Waikiki honoring Japanese-American veterans of World War II who recently received the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal was presented to members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion, Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

HONOLULU (Dec. 18, 2011) The U.S. Pacific Fleet Marching Band participates in a parade through downtown Waikiki honoring Japanese-American veterans of World War II.

2016 is the year that happens to be the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a day that forever changed history for both the United States and Japan. Falling on the week of the 6th of December this year, this entire memorial festival allows your marching band group to pay your respects to those fallen during that tragic event, learn more about the personal history of those affected, sight-see the gorgeous state forever changed that day, and respectfully perform with several other marching bands throughout the week. This performance opportunity is a truly amazing one, one full of educational opportunities that you will never forget and that your band won’t want to miss.

The most important events you can perform in will take place the 6th - 8th, an opening ceremony performance on the 6th, followed by the big parade, followed by a mass performance with students from both Japan and the U.S at the closing ceremony.  The parade route runs down scenic Kalakaua Avenue from Fort DeRussy to the Waikiki Bandshell, the entire string of performers adding up to around 60 different groups. The groups will include other high school marching bands, military bands, dignitaries, and international officials. Outside of the major ceremonies and performance opportunities offered this week your group should also take this time to tour the history-filled surrounding land, from the USS Arizona to the Pearl Harbor Museum, not to mention all the natural gorgeous scenery along the golden Hawaiian Coast.