As the numbers of Pearl Harbor survivors continues to decline, it becomes clear that soon the annual remembrances that mark the terrible day when the attacks on Pearl Harbor changed the world will have to take place with no one who actually remembers them. This year, which marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks, will still include survivors and they will be honored in a number of ways along with the thousands who died that day.
Eighteen ships were sunk during the attacks, and a total of 2,403 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 more were wounded. Even today, former crewmembers of the USS Arizona choose the ship as their final resting place – proof of how deeply the events of that day not only changed the nation and the world but forever touched the lives of those personally impacted.
One highlight of the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks will be the world premiere screening of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” This touching documentary takes a look at the lives of some of the men and women – both civilian and military – who survived the attacks. Others anniversary events include the Blackened Canteen Ceremony, military band performances, the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, and the 75th Commemoration Pearl Harbor Survivors Gala.
These special events will mark the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, but millions come every year to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Both guided and self-guided tours are available of most Pearl Harbor attractions. While certainly solemnity is called for, Pearl Harbor is also a place of learning. Visitors of all ages enjoy a visit and the chance to see gun turrets, check out the crew’s sleeping quarters, and learn about what life was like on a ship.
You can explore on your own or opt for one of the many Pearl Harbor tours that are available. Some combine a visit to Pearl Harbor with other popular attractions such as the Polynesian Cultural Center or the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. Another popular choice includes tours of both Pearl Harbor and a Historic Honolulu City tour. Create a custom experience that will let you make the most of your time on the beautiful Island of Oahu.
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is an ideally-located Oahu Hotel. If you’re coming for these or other Oahu Events, consider a stay at our Hotel. Our Waikiki property is within walking distance of Dining, Shopping, and many Attractions, including the world-famous Waikiki Beach.
If you’re planning a stay at our Oahu Hotel, then set aside a day or two to visit Pearl Harbor. For more information about things to do and see during a stay at Courtyard by Marriot Waikiki Beach, take a look at our Oahu Visitors Guide.