Battleship Cove will commemorate the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by hosting a ceremony December 7, at 12:55pm aboard the USS Massachusetts.
On December 7, 1941, declared by President Roosevelt as “A date that would live in infamy,” over 200 Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor in the first wave of Operation Hawaii with the goal of crippling the American Fleet. 18 Ships were destroyed that fateful day, and over 2,400 service personnel were killed.
The attack was the result of an intensifying Japanese-American rivalry in the Pacific. With the oil embargo of 1941 put into place by Roosevelt, the Japanese decided to risk everything on a massive preemptive strike which would knock the US out of the Pacific. By Attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had hoped to break the American spirit but instead united a bitterly dived public. On December 8, 1941, the US declared war on Japan, thus entering World War II. The Keynote speaker will be Captain Timothy Urban of the Naval War College and Master of Ceremonies will be Mary Ann Clancy, Battleship Cove Board Member. A special presentation will be made to Navy Veteran, Freeman Johnson, a crewmember of the USS St. Louis at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a Fireman, second class and served until 1945, at which time he ascended to the rank of the Machinist’s Mate First Class. He also witnessed the beginning of the war at Pearl Harbor and General MacArthur signing the peace treaty at its end
The ceremony will take place in the Memorial Room aboard the battleship.
The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, but seating is limited. Please plan accordingly.
Join us for a night of good food, entertainment, and friends at Navy Christmas on the Battleship! The 1943 menu will be served, including turkey and all the fixings! Plus, educational tours, crafts, live music, and a visit from Santa! Running three Saturdays in December. $50 per person/ $35 per child (3-12).
To purchase tickets please visit www.battleshipcove.org/programs-and-events, or call 508-678-1100 ext. 101.
Consider purchasing a ticket for a veteran!
All proceeds go to the preservation of the official WWII Memorial at Battleship Cove. Official Toys for Tots drop off. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need!
Sponsored in part by BayCoast Bank