New location for 74th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony

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This year’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held in a new location.

The ceremony on Dec. 7 takes place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Kilo Pier instead of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Officials are testing the new location ahead of next year’s 75th anniversary, which could bring in major dignitaries.

Those with base access and their sponsored guests may enter through Nimitz or Makalapa Gate and may park in general parking areas near Kilo Pier.

The general public is required to park at Aloha Stadium with free ADA shuttle transportation to Kilo Pier from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. with return shuttles to Aloha Stadium after the ceremony, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The ceremony will be held from 7:45-10 a.m.

Special guests this year include Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy as the keynote speaker, World War II survivors and veterans.

“It touches your heart. I’ve been the internment officer now for the last 11 years, and I know all of these guys. They’ve been coming here to see their families,” said Daniel Martinez with the National Park Service.

Due to strict security measures, guests are not allowed to bring handbags, purses, camera bags or other items that offer concealment to the ceremony. No bag storage will be available, so please plan accordingly. Small personal cameras, cell phones, wallets, and bottled water are allowed.

A photo ID is required for all attendees.

For guests not able to attend the ceremony at Kilo Pier, a live stream of the ceremony will be available online and in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theaters.

If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor or World War II veteran, contact the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs Office for special arrangements or questions regarding the ceremony and access to Kilo Pier by calling (808) 473-1173 or 473-2880 or via email at here for more information.

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