2015 marks the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We observe Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day every December 7 to honor the 2,000+ people killed during the attack.
On this day, it’s a tradition to fly the United States flag at half-staff until sunset. Here are some other ways to show your respect:
• Explore The Sites
If you’re on Oahu, stop by the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, home to the USS Arizona Memorial. The memorial is built over the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen. You can also tour the Center’s 2 museums and waterfront interpretive displays.
• Listen And Learn
Visit or volunteer at a veteran’s home. While you’re there, take a moment to get to know the men and women who were there 74 years ago. You may want to have a pen and paper handy.
• Do Some Research
Check out National Geographic’s resource tools to jump-start your learning experience. Here you will find great interactive tools, such as maps like that of Remembering Pearl Harbor and the 2001 Pearl Harbor Commemorative Map.
Explore and educate yourself on the happenings of December 7, 1941 — a day that changed many lives. Feeling inspired? Join the 2016 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade.