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Pearl Harbor anniversary events

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  December 6, 2011 05:30 PM

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In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. [AP File Photo]

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, when a fleet of planes from the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the US naval base in Hawaii in 1941. Below are a series of events happening today to commemorate the anniversary.

A special ceremony at the Charlestown Navy Yard will feature speakers standing on the bow of the USS Constitution (weather permitting.) Speakers will include Pearl Harbor survivors, the head of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, USS Constitution Captain Matthew Bonner, and more. At 12:55, the USS Constitution will fire its guns to mark the exact time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In the event the rain forces the crowd inside the ship, the ceremony will take place in the Ward Room (where the officers used to eat.)

At Fall River naval ship museum Battleship Cove, staff will mark the anniversary time at 12:55 by casting a wreath into the sea from aboard the Battleship Massachusetts.

The WWII Foundation will host a gala to include a special showing of the film "Saving the Reality" at 6:30 p.m. The film, which is narrated by Dan Aykroyd, chronicles the life of historian Kenneth Rendell, owner and curator of Natick's Museum of World War II. The event will take place at Port 305 at Marina Bay in Quincy and will include cocktails, appetizers, and valet parking. Tickets are $100 and proceeds from the event will go to benefit the foundation. For more information, visit www.worldwariifoundation.org

Take a philosophical approach to commemorating Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day by attending Theater of War, a live panel discussion which explores the challenges facing war veterans and their families. The event, which runs from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., will include readings of ancient Greek plays, meant to serve as a jumping off point for the discussions. This free event will take place at Boston University's Tsai Performance Center and is presented by with The Red Sox Foundation and Mass. General Hospital Home Base Program.

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