A few dozen Pearl Harbor survivors will gather at the site on Tuesday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the attack.
The event, held at the Pacific Historic Parks in Waipio, Hawaii, will begin at 7:50 a.m. HST and will include a minute of silence at 7:55 a.m., the same minute the attack began. About 31 survivors and about 100 other World War II veterans are expected to attend, according to the Associated Press.
“It was just plain good to get back and be able to participate in the remembrance of the day,” Herb Elfring, a survivor of the attack, told reporters over the weekend.
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Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro is expected to deliver the keynote speech. There are no plans to cancel the event despite some concerning weather, which prompted the governor to issue a state of emergency Tuesday, the outlet reported.
Those who wish to watch the event virtually can do so online on Pacific Historic Parks' Facebook page.
Ahead of the commemoration service, several politicians, including President Joe Biden, marked the occasion by remembering those who died and honoring their service.
As we mark National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the patriots who perished, commemorate the valor of all those who defended our nation, and recommit ourselves to carrying forth the ensuing peace and reconciliation that brought a better future for our world. pic.twitter.com/I12XoYnwCK— President Biden (@POTUS) December 7, 2021
Today, we stand with the survivors and veterans of the attack on #PearlHarbor to honor their service, and the service of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Spending time with our veterans is a privilege and inspiration, as their spirit of service before self remains undimmed. pic.twitter.com/gDmx3kdTHS— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 7, 2021
Today, we remember and honor the lives lost 80 years ago in the attack on Pearl Harbor. May we never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. 🇺🇸— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) December 7, 2021
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The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, saw the Japanese destroy or damage nearly 20 U.S. naval vessels, including eight battleships and over 300 airplanes. Over 2,400 U.S. residents, including civilians, died in the attack, with another 1,000 wounded, according to HISTORY.