Today marks the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into WWII. Ceremonies are being held at Pearl Harbor in remembrance of the 2,390 service members and 49 civilians killed in the attack. If a last-minute trip to Hawaii to attend a ceremony is not in the cards for you, here are some ways you can observe the anniversary.
- If you have a flag in front of your home, make sure that it is flown at half-mast, to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Volunteer at a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day celebration in your town.
- Research by going to the library, ordering Pearl Harbor books online, or watching movies and documentaries that retell the events of that infamous day in 1941.
- Help educate others – If you have younger siblings or cousins, read a Pearl Harbor children’s book aloud to them.
- Bring flowers to a soldiers' cemetery.
- Use chalk to cover the sidewalks with creative messages of thanks near a military base or a veteran's facility.
- Today is also about honoring troops who are currently deployed. If you know someone shipping out or currently deployed, get a group together and stick to a schedule of keeping constant contact with him or her.
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