Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Chief Of Naval Operations To Host Pearl Harbor's 64th Anniversary

The USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center will host the Pearl Harbor Day commemoration ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the Dec. 7,1941, attack.
Keynote speaker at the ceremony, which begins at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, will be Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chief of naval operations. Other guest speakers include U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and Lynn Scarlett, deputy secretary for the Department of the Interior.
About 20 Pearl Harbor survivors are expected to attend the ceremony. Seating will begin at 7:20 a.m. Similar private ceremonies marking the 64th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the Pacific Fleet will be held at Hickam Air Force Base, Pearl Harbor and Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. At noon, Mullen also will speak at the 45th annual Honolulu Council Navy League luncheon at the Hale Koa Hotel. Also honored will be five crew members of the USS Ward which fired the first American shots of World War II and sank a Japanese midget submarine as it tried to sneak into Pearl Harbor early on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.