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Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary parade features BCPS bands

posted Nov 22, 2016, 6:32 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
Dec. 7, 1941 was the day that the United States of America was thrust into World War II, forever changing our nation and the world. December 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the
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attack on Pearl Harbor and the “date which would live in infamy." With the charge to "never forget" by President Franklin Roosevelt, Historic Programs along with History / A&E Networks have accepted the call to remember those whose service and sacrifice preserve our freedom and liberty by providing a meaningful salute to Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, active military and their families. Gary Sinise will serve as the Grand Marshal and will help to pay tribute to our over 100 Pearl Harbor Survivor Honorary Grand Marshals.

The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade
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is honored to have the combined Burke County High School Bands including Draughn, East Burke, Freedom and Patton High Schools from Burke County, North Carolina to participate in this historic event representing the state of North Carolina and the battleship USS North Carolina. The Band is under the direction of Jonathan Berry, Chad Higdon, Jason Hoyle, and Robert Johnston and was selected based on their achievements and recommendations from local and state music educators and from prior experience with US historical events. In addition to marching in the parade, the band will join the US Marine Corps Pacific Band, and other outstanding bands, in a mass performance of the “God Bless America” at the official parade opening ceremony.                                                                                       

This year’s 75th Anniversary commemoration will feature over 3,000 parade participants, including marching bands, junior and active duty military units along with cultural and civic organizations. This parade takes place annually and is the official parade of the Pearl Harbor commemoration. This event is unique, as it provides an important element of reconciliation. The theme is to “remember the events of the past while celebrating the future and that once bitter enemies can become friends and allies.” One Pearl Harbor Survivor commented after riding in the parade with his fellow veterans that "it was remarkable to witness both American and Japanese people waiving and applauding for us...I will never forget this night."

The Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Hawaii time, following an opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m.  The parade will take place in Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave, starting at Saratoga Road, and continuing to Kapahulu Ave.

Additional information may be found by visiting PearlHarborParade.org or by contacting chairman Joel Biggs at cmte@pearlharborparade.org Source: Historic Programs (Committee: Joel Biggs, Moa Mahe, Earl Hurrey, Chris Meeker, Jeremy Biggs, Bert Johnson.)