Battleship Cove will commemorate the 76th 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. Eighteen 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 ceremony will take place in the Memorial Room aboard the battleship, with special keynote speaker, Command Master Chief Craig Cole, and invocation from Father Jay Mello..
The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, but seating is limited. Please plan accordingly.
Battleship Cove will be open for School Vacation 7-days a week, 9:00am-4:00pm starting December 22 – December 31st. (Closed Christmas Day – Closing at 12:00pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).
The museum will feature special tours and programs, 10% off everything in the Gift Shop, and light fare from Gerry’s on the Go.
Experience a sailor’s life at one of the South Coast’s biggest and best attractions!
Vacation Week Programming Schedule:
Wednesday December 27th, 2017
Nautical Navigation: Sail with the Stars
• Time- 1:00pm to 2:30pm
• Location- Wardroom Annex and Navigation Bridge
• Leader- Charles
Did you know the Polynesian people of the South Pacific are credited with the earliest forms of open ocean navigation? In this exciting new activity, learn about the history of Nautical Navigation, make your own sextant, read nautical charts, and finish with a tour of the Navigation Bridge aboard the USS Massachusetts!
Thursday December 28th, 2017
Tour Thursday: Battleship Fire Power!
• Time- 1:00pm to 2:45pm
• Location- Meet in the Wardroom aboard the USS Massachusetts
• Leader- Charles
Have you ever wondered how a 16” naval gun was loaded? Join us for an exploration of each of the different guns aboard the USS Massachusetts. Go on deck and feel the steel of 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft gun or explore the powder handling rooms of turret #2 aboard “Big Mamie”. This tour is climbing intensive so proper footwear is a must.
Friday December 29th, 2017
• Time- 1:00pm to 2:00pm
• Location- Student Orientation Center (Classroom 2nd Deck)
• Emily and Charles
Sound Navigation and Ranging is a technique in which uses sound to navigate, talk, and find objects underwater; something our very own submarine (USS Lionfish) would have used in World War II. Learn all about how animals and navy vessels use this to navigate the seas.
All activities are included with general admission.