Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Aloha to Pearl Harbor

Punchbowl National Cemetery

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Oahu.

I am teary eyed as I write this post.  I lived on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam from 2009 - 2013. I have visited the various sites around the base (and island) which were attacked.  I have met veterans who returned.  I have sat near the USS Arizona and USS Utah, listening to the water lap on top of the sunken ships.  

Romance author Pamela Clare shares the story of Uncle Joe aboard the USS Utah at this link.

Defense Media Activity remembers the nurses who were there at this link.

Learn more about the 75th anniversary activities from the National Park Service at this link.

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Looking at the USS Arizona from the USS Missouri

To this day, I can still hear actress Stockard Channing narrating the film at the Visitor's Center, asking, "How do we remember them?"

Here are my suggestions:

1.  Thank a veteran.  

2.  Appreciate the freedom they defended.

3.  Buy a poppy fron veterans' groups selling them outside grocery stores. 

4.  Watch the Hawaii Five O's episode, Ho'onani Makuakane - Honor Thy Father, from Season 4.  The episode travels back in time to that day of infamy.  Here's a preview from the producer, Peter Lenkov, at this link.

5.  Write to deployed personnel - contact me at for addresses.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

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Vintage photo of Boy Scouts at Punchbowl


  1. We always buy a poppy on Remembrance Day.

  2. Thanks for this post. First thing I can do is thank my husband :)

  3. I thank veterans all the time and I always buy a poppy, often several as I buy one each time.

  4. I've been to Pearl Harbor twice - gave me chills then and now just thinking about what happened to people there. Next closest event for me is the World Trade Center 9/11. Such a difference that people could watch that live, while in 1941 it took quite a while for the films to get out across the country.

  5. Thank you for sharing this valuable information, Kim.

  6. Great read
    Thanks again to all who served and is serving

  7. God Bless Them for defending us. Bless you for reminding us.

  8. God Bless them all........I always try to thank a veteran.

  9. Last year I listened to a talk at the library by a Pearl Harbor survivor. It was an honor to meet him. God bless them all.

  10. We had a very nice Pearl Harbor Day program at the local VA museum. Last year was the first one they did. I am glad to see them honoring those that served.

  11. God Bless them for putting themselves out there everyday. I'm always grateful and thank them every chance I get.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com