Commemoration events for 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attacks to stress inclusiveness

Commemoration events for 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attacks to stress inclusiveness
Published: May. 9, 2016 at 7:25 PM HST|Updated: May. 9, 2016 at 9:51 PM HST
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There's still no word on whether President Barack Obama will attend the 75th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor this December, but organizers are planning for a huge turnout of people all different walks of life.

"We're expanding this to make sure we recognize all the folks who've served their country over the last seven decades, plus of course the active duty folks that are playing a big role in defense of our country today," said retired Admiral Thomas Fargo, commemoration committee chairman.

Tony Vericello, of Island Partners Hawaii, said different events are "geared to different decades of people, all the way down to children."

Among the planned events: Five nights of movies shown on Waikiki beach, one for each branch of the Armed Forces.

There will also be multiple galas, a documentary film premiere, and a veterans luncheon.

The theme of the commemoration is "Honoring the past, inspiring the future."

"The whole focus of the theme is, this is not just about remembering, but we always need to be pushing things forward. How do we bring it forward to today's children, their children and so on?" Vericella said.

Many of the events will be open to the public.

And the commemoration ceremony on December 7 at Pearl Harbor will be live-streamed to a global audience.

"We're talking three generations of Americans," Fargo said. "A lot of those folks will never get an opportunity to come out and see the Arizona Memorial or Pacific Aviation Museum. We've got a special responsibility to reach out to all those generations."

For more information on the commemoration, click here.

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