Rites to mark Pearl Harbor attack
A new memorial built on Ford Island will honor 429 victims
There will be at least three major ceremonies Friday commemorating the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
» More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the traditional National Park Service and Navy joint memorial service, which will begin at 7:40 a.m. at Pearl Harbor Naval Station's Kilo Pier.
At 10:45 a.m. on the USS Arizona Memorial, the White House Commission on Remembrance will launch a special American flag program. The flag will be raised on the Arizona Memorial and then be transferred to 24 other memorials, cemeteries and battlefields on the mainland. The last flag-raising ceremony will take place on Memorial Day, May 26, over the U.S. Capitol.
» At noon the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor Committee and the Park Service will dedicate a new memorial on Ford Island honoring the 429 sailors and Marines who died while serving on the battleship Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941.
There also will be private memorial services at Hickam Air Force Base and Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay on Friday.
Guest speakers at the Kilo Pier ceremonies will include retired Adm. Thomas Fargo, former head of the Pacific Command and now vice chairman of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund; U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Robert Sutton, National Park Service chief historian; and Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the Pacific Fleet.
Access to the Kilo Pier ceremony will be by special buses and Navy shuttle boats that will leave the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center beginning at 6 a.m.
As many as 18 former crew members of the battleship USS Oklahoma, including former Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Goodyear, a signalman, will attend the noon dedication of the new Ford Island memorial.
Goodyear will hoist a ceremonial flag that will be flown from a pole in the middle of the memorial, which is flanked by 429 white marble columns, each etched with the name of a fallen shipmate.
Speakers at the Oklahoma memorial dedication will include Inouye; Adm. Timothy Keating, head of the Pacific Command; Gov. Linda Lingle; Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry; U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie, Mary Fallin and Tom Cole; and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Lyle Laverty.
The memorial is being built with $350,000 donated by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and private donations.
Special buses will be available to take visitors holding special reservations from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum to the Oklahoma Memorial beginning at 10:30 a.m. Call for reservations at 422-2771, ext. 111, before 5 p.m. tomorrow, or go to www.nps.gov/usar and click on Pearl Harbor 66th-anniversary events.
» Also this week, 2,408 American flags representing the number of service members who were killed on Dec. 7, 1941, will cover Richardson Field, across from Aloha Stadium, beginning on Wednesday.
On Dec. 7, 1941, two waves of Japanese attack planes from six carriers hit the 185 warships of the Pacific Fleet as they lay at anchor in Pearl Harbor. At the end of two hours, 323 U.S. planes were destroyed. Twenty-one U.S. warships, including eight battleships, were sunk or destroyed.