“The purpose of the national World War II Memorial is to honor, inspire, and commemorate. It acknowledges the bravery of our allies, celebrates America’s unprecedented unity and solidarity in a time of peril, and honors the heroic achievements and sacrifices of the entire nation in the cause of liberty... Brass Quintet at Pearl Harbor Day Commemoriation
This week “The President’s Own” will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy.” On Wednesday, Dec. 7, a Marine brass quintet will perform patriotic music and the military service songs prior to the 2011 Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony at the World War II Memorial located at 17th and Constitution Avenue in Northwest Washington, D.C. The event will begin at 1:53 p.m. the exact time of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor survivors in attendance will be recognized, and the ceremony will honor the nation’s World War II veterans and survivors of the attack. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Tidal Basin and FDR Memorial parking areas. For more information visit www.wwiimemorialfriends.org.
Many people can recall where they were at times of national significance or moments of catastrophe, and the same is true for “The President’s Own.” On Dec. 7, 1941, known as “a date which will live in infamy,” the organization’s actions are recorded in the Leader’s Log, the daily diary, or logbook, that was initiated in 1916 by Captain William H. Santelmann, Director of the Marine Band from 1898-1927.
From the log:
Dec. 7, 1941: At 1 p.m., the Marine Chamber Orchestra performs at the White House for a luncheon, which the President does not attend. At 2:25 p.m., Assistant White House Usher Mr. Searles, informs the Marine Band Leader that Pearl Harbor has been attacked. Further description of world events and the weather follows.
SARASOTA-Last week, retired Navy captain Robert O'Neill shared his Pearl Harbor experience with Riverview High students, who may never get another chance to hear an account of the attack through a survivor's testimony. But for 83 members of Riverview's Kiltie Band, today's 70th anniversary ceremonies in Hawaii are giving them a first-hand look...
Excerpt from a special edition of All Hands TV produced by the U.S. Navy commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Reported by Petty Officer 1st Class James Stilipec. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
Union's Thomas Mahoney, formerly of Bergen County, was presented with the Bergen County Medal of Honor by County Executive Donovan. Mahoney is still haunted about that day that will live in infamy, but he recalled the joy of finding his fellow USS Curtiss shipman and brother Harold alive and well once the smoke cleared.