Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Activities

USS SHAW exploding, Pearl Harbor, 12/07/1941

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is an American holiday to remember those who were killed when Japanese military forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Memorials will take place all over the country today.

Seventy-four years ago on December 7th, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. At the time, the European theater of the war had been raging for more than two years, with the Soviet Union joining Great Britain and France in fighting Germany. But Japan and China had been in an all-out war since 1937, and the Japanese military was wary of an American intervention. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. was forced to respond in kind, joining the Allied Forces in both the Pacific and Atlantic combat zones.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: An Online Learning Activity – Students get an intimate view of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by reading a witness interview, browsing a timeline, and more. (From Scholastic, for grades 3-8.)

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – This memorial is operated by the National Park Service to preserve and interpret the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Events – View the official live stream commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. This year, online visitors will be able to see a number of live events as well as prerecorded educational programming.

USS Arizona Live Dive – Resting on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial has now become a place of healing and reconciliation, and a haven for marine life. Register for the December 8th live dive, brought to you by the ParkED and the National Park Service Dive Team. See rare glimpses of the USS Arizona as she rests today. View the event live online via Adobe Connect. This event will be recorded, so even if you can’t attend the live stream you can always watch the recording.

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