The surprise military strike on the Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of December 7, 1941. This attack led America into World War II.
And 77 years later only a handful of survivors are expected to gather at the Pearl Harbor site and will pay tribute to the thousands of men that lost their life in the Japanese attack.
The Navy and National Park Service will jointly host the remembrance ceremony at a grassy site overlooking the water and the USS Arizona Memorial.
All Attendees will observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the time the attack began on Dec. 7, 1941. Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 jets are scheduled to fly overhead in “missing man formation” to break the silence.
But this year no survivor from the USS Arizona will attend the ceremony. The Arizona sank after two bombs hit the ship, triggering tremendous explosions and lost 1,177 sailors and Marines, the greatest number of casualties from any ship. Most remain entombed in the sunken hull of the battleship at the bottom of the harbor.
Altogether, the Pearl Harbor attack killed nearly 2,400 U.S. servicemen.
Those that were killed have been identified and reburied in cemeteries across the country after the military launched a new effort to analyze bones and DNA of hundreds long classified as “unknowns”
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will identify about 80 percent of the 388 by 2020.
As a way to say thank you to the Greatest Generation, a restaurant named Mission BBQ is offering World War II veterans free food on Friday for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“Your meal is on us, with our most sincere respect and appreciation,” a press release said.
Veterans will also pay tribute aboard Cleveland’s USS Cod
“The event will honor all who died that day, and especially the fallen from Northeast Ohio, which include Cleveland native Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd Jr., who was killed on the bridge of the Battleship USS Arizona,” organizers say. “Kidd, head of the Navy’s Battleship Division One, and 1,177 other Arizona crewmen were killed when an enemy bomb penetrated the battleship’s forward magazine and caused a massive explosion. Admiral Kidd was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions that day.”