National WWII Museum to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor


On December 7, the National WWII Museum will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

In-person and online programs will include an electronic excursion for students as well as a special commemoration ceremony and panel discussion by Musum academics.

The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the US Freedom Pavilion

Guests will also be invited to visit the museum’s new special exhibit, Infamy: Pearl Harbor Remembered.

Learn more about the new exhibit: The National WWII Museum opens a new exhibit for Pearl Harbor’s 80th anniversary

Check out the full schedule of events for the National WWII Museum for December 7:

Broadcasts at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. CST
Electronic Release: The Way to Pearl Harbor

Virtual only
Join the National WWII Museum with student reporters from Hawaii and New Orleans to learn more about the reasons why, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese military launched a surprise attack on the US Naval Base Pearl Harbor , Hawaii. This attack is the event that brought America into World War II, and while Japan’s deadly assault on Pearl Harbor stunned Americans, its roots can be traced back more than four decades. Designed for students in grades 6 to 12, the program will help participants understand the larger context of WWII and the history of the events leading up to the attack. During this Electronic field output, student reporters will help answer the essential question of why the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led America into World War II.

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST
Knit your piece: distribution of scarves to veterans

On site at the US Freedom Pavilion: the Boeing Center
Museum staff will distribute Knit Your Bit scarves free of charge to veterans of all ages. Find out more about the Museum Knit Your Bit Program as he celebrates his 15th birthday.

11:00 am-11:45am CST
Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

Onsite at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and Live Streaming Online
Each year the National WWII Museum commemorate those who lost their lives on that fateful day in December. During the Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony, honor those who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, through a moving program that reflects the enduring significance of this day.

2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. CST
Meet the author: Tower of the Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War July 1937-May 1942 with Rich Frank

Onsite at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and Live Streaming Online
Join internal fame expert and author Richard Frank as he talks about his book Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War July 1937-May 1942. Frank’s first book in his Pacific War trilogy, Skull Tower is an extraordinary WWII tale that vividly depicts the battles across this region and connects these struggles on many levels with their deep 21st century legacies.

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Pearl Harbor: the consequences; a round table of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy

Onsite at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and Live Streaming Online
The Museum spotlights its own talented researchers from the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy during a round table on many of the critical effects the attack on Pearl Harbor had on the world 80 years ago and the lasting legacy from December 7 to this day. Topics include A Truly Global War: Hitler, Mussolini, and the Global Ramifications by Jason Dawsey, PhD; The awakening of a sleeping giant: the US military regroups by Kali Martin; The home front: are we all in the same boat? by Stéphanie Hinnershitz, PhD; and Remembering Pearl Harbor: DPAA’s Continuing Mission on Oahu by Adam Givens, PhD.

5:00 p.m. CST reception

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST conference and live broadcast
Meet the Author: Bound by War with Author Christopher Capozzola

Onsite at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and Live Streaming Online
To rejoin expert and author Christopher Capozzola for the closing event of the Museum’s Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary programming, a discussion that covers a long history of America’s long and fateful military relationship with the Philippines in the midst of a century of war in the Pacific. Detailing his book Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s Peaceful First Century, Capozzola reveals this forgotten story, showing how war and military service forged a lasting, but burdensome, alliance between Americans and Filipinos.

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