Memorial Ceremony for the 78th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
On December 9th, the Consulate General of Japan and the US Navy conducted the fourth annual joint memorial ceremony on Ford Island to remember and honor both Japanese and American lives that were lost in the attack at Pearl Harbor 78 years ago. Around 100 participants took part in the ceremony, including Governor Ige, former Governor George Ariyoshi, and Dr. Genshitsu Sen, former Grand Master of Urasenke.The US-Japan co-hosted ceremony first began in 2016, which marked the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
The ceremony this year started with both American and Japanese national anthems, followed by a moment of silence. Consul General Koichi Ito and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Kenneth Whitesell, made opening remarks as the co-hosts. The ceremony was concluded with a keynote speech by the director of the Missouri Memorial of the Battleship Mr. Michael Carr.