(KHNL) - It's a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Sixty five years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and changed this country.
Survivors, their families and other veterans gathered to remember that tragic day.
"They deserve our appreciation and respect, not just on days when we remember, but on everyday," said Gov. Linda Lingle.
It was an event that united the country.
"Japanese American citizens went into uniform and fought in the war even as their relatives were being shipped off to internment camps," said Tom Brokaw, who was the keynote speaker.
In the ceremony, Brokaw talked about the greatest generation, a time when life was about sacrifice, deprivation and few expectations.
"The men and women of that generation that we honor today were raised to make the most of so little," he said.
"And each year, fewer heroes assemble here and we realize that the legacy of heroes never dies," said Adm. Gary Roughead, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander.
Nearly 2,400 people died that day 65 years ago. Half of them were aboard the USS Arizona.
At its memorial, a Japanese prayer group honored those who lost their lives and Japanese veterans paid their respects.