75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Trip

December 7th, 1941 is a day that will forever go down in infamy, a day that sparked the beginning of WWII and changed the face of our country forever. 2016 marks a monumental anniversary for this event, the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. This is your big chance to see the moving memorial personally, learning about and experience the effects of the tragedy yourself, with the help of our company.

The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is an international event that allows people from all over the world to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that tragic day. This is a chance to honor the sacrifice and dedication of our fallen military members, local civilians, and their families.

It is clear that Hawaii’s role in the world was forever changed and defined that day, but today the resilient and gorgeous land offers you and your group an unforgettable way to express our appreciation, remember our past, and celebrate our future. Not only can you come and visit during these 10 spectacular days of the memorial, but if you are a part of any sort of school performance groups, such as marching band, concert band, chorus, or the like, you can also take part in the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, or memorial parade!

Here are a few things you can get involved in December 1st -11th to visit and pay your respects:

Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial - You will absolutely have to take the Pearl Harbor and U.S.S Arizona Memorial tour while here, considering this is the iconic 75th-anniversary date of the tragic event and the memorial is considered to be the absolute number one visitor destination in all of Hawaii. This landmark attraction sees millions upon millions of visitors from all around the world each year and is considered to be the official Pacific National Monument, the resting place of 1,102 out of 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the U.S.S Arizona during the infamous surprise Japanese attack on the Island. The attack happened in 1941, making this the milestone 75th anniversary, the perfect chance for you to see all the educational museums and sobering galleries within, each filled with exceptionally personal information and respectful memorials. Take any of the several different offered tours around this site, especially popular choices during today’s anniversary event.

Opening Ceremony - The big Opening Ceremony service for the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor is truly the main event. This internationally attended event pays excellent tribute to those who lost their lives on that tragic day, a way for the public to express their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of the veterans and their families. This year the theme is ‘remembering our past and celebrating our future’, the entire ceremony filled with honor and respect, as well as several different talented performers. The parade includes authentic Pearl Harbor ship representations by way of 40’ models, several different bands from both America and Japan, local officials, international leaders, and of course, many affected locals.

Closing Ceremony - Directly after the parade you will follow the route to the Closing Ceremony, taking place at the beautiful and scenic Waikiki Bandshell. This ceremony never fails to bring together all the efforts of the day and the night impressively, recognizing all those who helped make it happen. This ceremony also, of course, pays tribute to those fallen on that infamous day through several different memorials and dedications. All of the visiting bands will take part in a moving mass concert band performance during this ceremony as well, and overall truly powerful and moving dedication from hundreds of talented musicians coming together as one.

Full 10 Day Schedule:

Day 1 - Thursday, Dec. 1st
Military Band Performance - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Day 2 - Friday, Dec. 2nd
Military Band Performance - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
USS Arizona Reunion Association Wreath Laying Ceremony - National Memorial of the Pacific
Movie on Waikiki Beach (Army Theme) - Waikiki Outdoor Theater

Day 3 - Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Military Band Performance - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
“For Love of Country - Pass It On” Opening Gala - Pacific Aviation Museum

Day 4 - Sunday, Dec. 4th
Military Band Performance - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Ford Island Aerological Tower Dedication - Pacific Aviation Museum
“Remember Pearl Harbor” Documentary Premiere - Pacific Aviation Museum
Virtual Reality Presentation for High School Students - Venue TBA
Movie on Waikiki Beach (Air Force Theme) - Waikiki Outdoor Theater
Virtual Reality Presentation and Reception- Venue TBA

Day 5 - Monday, Dec. 5th
Military Band Performance - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Japanese American Veterans Tribute - Hilton Hawaiian Village
Movie on Waikiki Beach (Navy Theme) - Waikiki Outdoor Theater
Evening Keynote Speaker - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Theater

Day 6 - Tuesday, Dec. 6th
Blackened Canteen Ceremony - USS Arizona Memorial
Military Band Performance - Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
8th Annual Ewa Field Battlefield Commemoration - Ewa Plain Battlefield
Freedom Bell Opening Ceremony and Bell Ringing - USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Interfaith Prayer Service - USS Arizona Memorial
USS Utah Memorial Sunset Service - USS Utah Memorial
75th Commemoration Pearl Harbor Survivors Gala Tribute - Hilton Hawaiian Village Ballroom

Day 7 - Wednesday, Dec. 7th
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration - Kilo Pier
Attack on Hickam Field Ceremony and Reception - Atterbury Circle
Brunch with Veterans - Officers’ Club Lanai
Freedom Bell Ringing - USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
75th Anniversary Mass Band Performance - Battleship Missouri Memorial
USS Oklahoma Memorial Ceremony - USS Oklahoma Memorial
25th Infantry Division Commemoration Ceremony - Fort Debussy
Public Ceremony and Memorial Parade - Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki

Day 8 - Thursday, Dec. 8th
Freedom Bell Ringing - USS Bowfin
Veterans and Active Duty Military and Families Celebration - Fort DeRussy
Movie on Waikiki Beach (Marine Corps Theme) - Waikiki Outdoor Theater

Day 9 - Friday, Dec. 9th
Freedom Bell Ringing - USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
“Righteous Revenge” - Pacific Aviation Museum
Movie on Waikiki Beach (Coast Guard Theme) - Waikiki Outdoor Theater

Day 10 - Saturday, Dec. 10th
Freedom Bell Ringing - USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Signature Concert “Inspiring the Future” - Aloha Stadium
Honolulu Marathon (Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future)