Pearl Harbor Day at Battleship Cove

Battleship Cove
5 Water Street
Fall River , MA
Phone: 508-678-1100

Friday, December 7, 2018

Battleship Cove will commemorate the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by hosting a ceremony December 7, at 12:55pm aboard the USS Massachusetts. On December 7, 1941, declared by President Roosevelt as “A date that would live in infamy,” over 200 Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor in the first wave of Operation Hawaii with the goal of crippling the American Fleet. 18 Ships were destroyed that fateful day, and over 2,400 service personnel were killed. The attack was the result of an intensifying Japanese-American rivalry in the Pacific. With the oil embargo of 1941 put into place by Roosevelt, the Japanese decided to risk everything on a massive preemptive strike, which would knock the US out of the Pacific.  By Attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had hoped to break the American spirit, but instead united a bitterly dived public. On December 8, 1941, the US declared war on Japan, thus entering World War II.

The ceremony will take place in the Memorial Room aboard the battleship, and will include an invocation by Father Mike Racine, and wreath-casting rites prefaced by brief remarks from Battleship Cove Board Member, Mary Ann Clancy, Esq.. The keynote speaker will be CAPT Timothy Urban. Captain Urban is a designated naval aviator and E-2C Hawkeye pilot and a Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College.

The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, but seating is limited. Please plan accordingly.