Pearl Harbor commemoration about US response
Usually focusing on the attacks on USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor, this year's commemoration will focus on the months following the raid, said Eileen Martinez, chief of interpretation for the National Park Service, in an Associated Press article.
"We're moving into the Pacific War, the first strike back," she said in the article.
On that note, one key speaker will be Thomas Griffin, a survivor who answered to the Pearl Harbor attack four months later as a part of Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle' bomber raid on Tokyo, according to the article.
Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is the other keynote speaker.
At 7:55 a.m., when the attack began 67 years ago, a moment of silence will be observed.
Honors will be observed for the USS Arizona, which still lies beneath the harbor with its dead, according to the article.
Almost 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others on Dec. 7, 1941. The Arizona, which sank in less than nine minutes after an armor-piercing bomb breached its deck and exploded in the ship's ammunition magazine, lost 1,177 sailors and marines. About 340 of its crew survived.
Th existing Arizona visitor center is sinking, and a new center has started being built a couple weeks ago.
The new visitor's center is scheduled to open Dec. 7, 2010.