Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony



    “This Sunday will be a beautiful day to take a walk or bike to campus and join others in a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. CBS News will cover the event and the ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. on the UA Mall just east of Old Main. It is sure to be a moving event.

    Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony and USS Arizona Mall Memorial Dedication

    Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 3:00pm

    This year’s ceremony will feature the dedication of the USS Arizona Mall Memorial in front of the Student Union Memorial Center. This new memorial was designed as a full-scale outline of the famous ship’s deck, and honors those who lost their lives aboard the ship during the attack.

    The ceremony will feature a flyover by the 47th Fighter Squadron. Now based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the squadron is credited with shooting down eight enemy aircraft at Pearl Harbor. The program will also include guest speakers and performances by UA students. It will conclude with unveiling the 1,177 medallions embedded in the walls of the memorial – one for each of the men who lost his life that day. A reception will follow the program at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    Visitors can also view the exhibition “The Life and Legacy of the USS Arizona” at Special Collections from 1:30-2:30 p.m. before the ceremony. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A digital companion exhibit features additional materials from the archives:”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Very moving tribute to those 1177 who died on the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. Thousands of people in attendance to see first a flyover by 2 Air Force jets of the 47th Fighter Squadron at DMAFB, then Presentation of Colors by NROTC Unit at UA. Rear Admiral Stephen Evans spoke eloquently of the tragedy that day due to the surprise attack by Japan, and the presence of the US Navy today to keep our nation’s coastal areas safe. CD 2 Congresswoman Martha McSally spoke of those shipmen on that fateful day at Pearl Harbor, and especially of Navy seaman James Van Horn from Tucson who died on ship. Then 8 bells were rung for the 8 Arizonans lost on board, along with the solemn playing of Taps. The 1177 medallions with the names of the deceased were unveiled on the stone memorial in the middle of the USS Arizona’s huge battleship outline imprinted with red concrete in the mall lawn. Drop by to visit this new memorial if you didn’t attend today. Families of those who died and of the 337 who survived were present today as well.

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