For thousands of Hawai‘i residents and other Americans, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor holds special meaning. That includes Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, both of whose fathers fought in WWII to defend our freedoms.
“We welcome this opportunity to honor the members of the ‘Greatest Generation,’” said the governor. “In the past 75 years, we have worked together to usher in the Pacific Era. With this commemoration, we can ‘honor the past and inspire the future’ to change the world for the better.”
Governor and Mrs. Ige will join government officials,
military personnel, celebrities, and grassroots citizens at several of the events Dec. 1-11, honoring those who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941 in the attack on Pearl Harbor and those who fought in the ensuing years of WWII. The events, many of which are open to the public, range from musical performances to ceremonies and other events honoring Pearl Harbor survivors and all veterans, active duty military and their families.
“This will be a special time for Hawai‘i,” said retired Navy Adm. Thomas Fargo, chair of the state commemoration committee. “We encourage all to participate in the events designed to bring us together.”