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It has been 70 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into the Second World War and changed Hawaii forever.
There will be many observances leading up to the December 7 anniversary and that date will be full of special events at the USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor complex. One event will be at the Pacific Aviation Museum, where the newly-stabilized Ford Island Control Tower will be dedicated. This dedication marks the end of a successful fund-raising campaign to keep the tower alongside the two aviation museum hangars, all of which survived the 1941 attack.
The Ford Island Control Tower dedication will be at 11 am on December 7 followed by a reception. Later, the Holland, Michigan American Legion Band will present a patriotic performance. The “Home of the Brave Quilt Project” will also be on display. You can see quilts being made and sign one that will be given to the family of a Hawaii soldier. According to the press release, giving quilts began during the Civil War as a way to warm soldiers and has continued as a way of “expressing the gratitude of a nation for soldiers fallen in wartime.”
If you have never visited the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, this would be an especially poignant time to do so. It is accessed by a shuttle from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and is open from 9-5 daily. There often are special prices for tickets or the flight simulator if you check their website (PacificAviationMuseum.org). The website also lists several special talks and exhibits taking place between now and December 7.
Photo provided by the Pacific Aviation Museum.