PEARL HARBOR 80TH GALLERY

To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, we are providing 60+ WWII Veterans with a once in a lifetime experience and bringing them closure by returning them to Hawaii.

DAY 1

December 2nd, 2021

Great start to our Hawaii Battlefield return program!
Huge thanks to American Airlines for rolling out the red carpet for us tonight in Dallas. Our 63 WWII veterans had a wonderful meal from Chef Robert Irvine and danced the night away to a live big band.

DAY 2

December 3rd, 2021

We are here!

Great flight DFW to HNL on our charter American Airline 787. The plane was decked out with flags and photos of the veterans, which was amazing.

Huge thank-you to the all volunteer American Airline staff that donated their time to serve our veterans and team on this flight – and thank you to chef Irvine for the great food!

Upon arrival, we loaded up and headed straight to Ford Island for a Liberty Luau at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

Amazing singers, luau dancers, fire dancers, and excellent food rounded out the night. We thank the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum for a wonderful first night on island.

DAY 3

December 4th, 2021

Great morning on Oahu as we toured Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Airfield.

Wheeler was the primary target and site of the first attack on December 7, 1941. The Japanese attacked the airfield to prevent the numerous planes there from getting airborne and engaging them.

We followed up the tour with lunch at the DFAC with active duty US Army soldiers.

Block party tonight in Honolulu as we celebrate the launch of “Day of Infamy” Ale.

Amazing to see ideas like this beer come together – our friends at Chula Vista Brewery partnered up with Maui Brewing Company to create this collaborative and delicious cream ale that sheds light on the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

With proceeds benefitting BDF and our veterans – Day of Infamy Ale is available at your local retailer today.

DAY 4

December 5th, 2021

Lunch on the deck of the USS Missouri today, which was the site of the official Japanese surrender of World War II. A really cool experience for many of our veterans to return that had spent time on the Mo years ago.

Great afternoon of listening to the @usnavy band, followed by a Pearl Harbor boat tour. A great opportunity for our veterans to pay their respects to lost friends.

We’re excited to visit Kaneohe schools tomorrow morning.

DAY 5

December 6th, 2021

An amazing and impactful morning as we split up into three groups and visited a grade school, middle school and high school on the island.

Character development is a big focus with our education initiative, so our veterans were ecstatic to tell their stories and meet these kids.

We thank everyone for welcoming us with open arms and aloha!

A really special afternoon as our veterans met the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines on Kaneohe.

Really amazing to see these two generations of warriors make connections.

We’re all looking forward to the big commemoration tomorrow morning for the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

DAY 6

December 7th, 2021

On this the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his address to congress on December 8, 1941 explains it best:

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked… no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.”

Nothing is certain, but Pearl Harbor plays an important part in the collective American soul and spirit. It serves to never let Americans and the world forget about the terrible events of December 7, 1941 and the heroic actions that followed that changed the course of American and world history.

This morning we brought our 63 veterans to the 80th commemoration to be recognized, honored and celebrated for their service and sacrifice.
We can never thank them enough for stepping up when their country needed them most.

What a showing from Honolulu tonight!

The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade begins at Fort DeRussey and proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue.

It felt like the entire city lined the streets to celebrate these heroes… what a night!

DAY 7

December 8th, 2021

Our final day on island included a tour of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

Punchbowl serves as a memorial to honor those men and women that served our country and who gave their lives doing so.

Our veterans had the opportunity to remember, recognize, and say a final goodbye to both friends and family members buried there.

It was a very impactful and necessary day for our veterans.

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