Pearl Harbor

The surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, forever known as a "day of infamy," plunged the United States into World War II. Each year, The National WWII Museum commemorates the lives lost on December 7, 1941.

Early on December 7, 1941, citizens and servicemembers alike in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, faced terror as Japanese planes rained fire on the island in a stunning surprise attack. The assault quickly plunged the United States into a world-changing war. Each year, we commemorate those who lost their lives on that fateful December day.

76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor: December 7, 2017

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75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor:  December 7, 2016

The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was commemorated at the Museum, in Hawaii, and around the country. We hosted a special commemoration ceremony, a four-part symposium and tour, as well as an exciting student-lead Electronic Field Trip. View all of the highlights at