December 6, 2016 | Event Schedule


Blackened Canteen Ceremony
7 a.m. to 8 a.m., USS Arizona Memorial

Co-hosted by the National Park Service and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Dr. Hiroya Sugano has been conducting this significant act of reconciliation with the National Park Service at the USS Arizona Memorial for the last 20 years. The blackened canteen is a recovered relic from a B-29 bomber that collided with another B-29 over the city of Shizuoka, Japan in 1945. Twenty-three American airmen were killed.

The American dead were buried among the Japanese citizens of Shizuoka who were killed during the bombing raid. At the Memorial, prayers will be extended for the Pearl Harbor dead and an offering of peace will be displayed by the pouring of whiskey from the canteen into the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor.

1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, HI 96818

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band Performance
8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Enjoy a wonderful live military band performance at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai, playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies.

Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bryan Sherlock, the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band performs at over 400 commitments each year. From ceremonies to parades, the band is as entertaining as it is regal. Its mission is to enhance the lives of military and civilian communities through quality musical performance.

Free, Open to the Public

1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, HI 96818

Tour of Military Aircraft
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hickam Side)

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, Hickam Field will host a static aircraft display comprised of air power from the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army and Cost Guard.

This opportunity allows fellow Department of Defense members, retired veterans and their families who are not familiar with military aircraft the chance to tour the multiple types of air frames to include a C-17 Globemaster (USAF Cargo), F-22 Raptor (HIANG Fighter), KC-135 Stratotanker (HIANG Refueler), MV-22 Osprey (USMC tiltrotor aircraft), P-3 Orion (Navy Surveillance aircraft), H-64 Apache (Army Helicopter), CH-47 Chinook (Army tandem rotor helicopter), RQ-7 Shadow (Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), and H-65 Dolphin (USCG Search & Rescue Helicopter).

Aircraft may change based on operational needs.

Enter Hickam Field via O'Malley Gate & follow signs to parking.

  • No bags/coolers
  • No outside drinks/food
  • No selfie sticks
  • Cameras okay (no telescoping lenses)

Tours must be completed by 1400. Latecomers are not guaranteed a tour.

Tours are open to DoD ID Card holders and their guests

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hickam Side)

8th Annual Ewa Plain Battlefield Commemoration
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ewa Field - Concrete Ramp

Ewa Mooring Mast Field (USMC) was one of the first places attacked on December 7, 1941. Ewa Plantation Villages was also attacked. There were Marine and civilian casualties. The entire 1941 airfield was put on the National Historic Register in May 2016. This is a joyous but respectful commemoration. All are welcome to attend to view the battlefield with its many bullet strafing marks and pose with WWII veterans and vintage military vehicles for picture taking.

Free, Open to the Public

Ewa Field, formerly Marine Corps Air Station Ewa

The field is located across from the Hawaiian Railway Society Museum.

Freedom Bell Opening Ceremony and Bell Ringing
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Welcome the Spirit of Liberty Foundation Freedom Bell to Pearl Harbor at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Following the 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. opening ceremony, anyone may ring the Freedom Bell in memory of service of a loved/remembered one. The Bell will remain available until Dec. 10, the closing of the 75th anniversary commemoration week. For additional information about the Spirit of Liberty Foundation and their Freedom Bell visit:

Free, Open to the Public

11 Arizona Memorial Drive Honolulu, HI 96818

Public Tours of the USCGC Galveston Island
10 a.m. to Noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Aloha Tower Pier 9

USCGC Galveston Island, a 110-foot patrol boat, will be moored at Aloha Tower Pier 9 and providing free public tours. Please come by and tour the cutter and visit with Coast Guardsmen about what it's like to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. Tours will be available on Monday, Dec. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Free, Open to the Public

Aloha Tower Pier 9, 155 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813

Beneath Pearl Harbor
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Education Classroom

Experience the USS Arizona as never before through a collection of images that bring the fallen World War II battleship to life. Explore the submerged ship, its artifacts and history underwater with individuals who have a tangible and passionate connection to the ship — National Park Service divers.

Free, Open to the Public

1 Arizona Memorial Pl. Honolulu, HI 96818

Fox Sports Pearl Harbor Basketball Invitational
2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Bloch Arena

Using sports as a backdrop, FOX Sports will pay solemn tribute to our nation's joint military force while enlightening Americans about the world-altering events that occurred here in 1941 on "...a date which will live in infamy."

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, FS1 presents live coverage of Princeton vs. California at 2 p.m., followed by Seton Hall vs. Hawaii at 4:30 p.m.

Private Event, Live Broadcast Available

200-, 224 A Ave. Honolulu, HI 96818

Interfaith Prayer Service
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., USS Arizona Memorial

Religious gathering of diverse spiritual leaders who offer prayers representing the varied religions of the United States and its people. These prayers are offered in the Shrine Room of the USS Arizona Memorial. Its focus is on all of those that gave their lives on that fateful December day representing veterans of the United States and Japan.

1 Arizona Memorial Place Honolulu, HI 96818

USS Utah Memorial Sunset Service
5 p.m. to 6 p.m., USS Utah Memorial

This sunset ceremony is held each year to honor the 58 sailors that lost their lives when the USS Utah was sunk by two Japanese torpedoes. This Memorial, built in the early 1970s, reflects Utah Senator Frank E. Moss’ stirring message that perhaps a day will come when we no longer build memorials to those who die in battle but rather those who live in peace.

Those with base access are welcome to attend.

USS Utah Memorial, Ford Island, Hawaii 96818

“December 7th Remembered” - An Evening of Honor and Tribute
5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hilton Hawaiian Village

"December 7th Remembered" will be an evening of remembrance and tribute honoring the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu and World War II veterans. Those attending will include Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II veterans, major government officials, and a rare celebrity guest. Gala will include a reception for VIPs, dinner, and a memorable 75th anniversary tribute. Attire is service dress and business suit and tie.

Free and discounted tickets are available to Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II veterans, and their families. For information about obtaining these free or discounted tickets, please contact the 75th Commemoration toll-free (U.S. and Canada) at 1-877-589-8898, direct at 1-808-589-5592, or via e-mail at

To purchase a table or ticket for this event, please click here.

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom, 2005 Kalia Road, Waikiki, 96815