On this Giving Tuesday, consider the gift of preserving history.
On December 7, 2021, we will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the day that changed the world. Expect widespread coverage of 150 aging World War II veterans as they gather once again in Honolulu to recall the day of infamy.
They will pay respects to fellow members of the Greatest Generation who made the ultimate sacrifice on December 7, 1941, and during the world war that followed. They will also remember their fellow veterans who survived the war but have since succumbed.
Recent statistics show we are losing close to 250 World War II veterans every day in our country. And with under 250,000 still alive, all in their 90’s and 100’s, it’s only a matter of time before we lose these treasures.
Take for example the only remaining survivors of the USS Arizona, Lou Conter and Ken Potts. Both turned 100 this year and like many other veterans, are unable to travel to the 80th Commemoration due to health issues.
And it’s not just about the men. Two of the guests who will be front and center at this year’s anniversary are original Rosie the Riveters. Mae Krier and Marian Wynn are both 95. Mae was a riveter in the Seattle Boeing plant while Marian was a welder in a California plant. Those who made the planes, tanks and ammunition played a vital role in preserving democracy and are also members of the Greatest Generation.
The veterans and those who supported the war effort on the home front worry what will happen when they are gone. Will Americans forget Pearl Harbor and all it represented?
We are laser focused on keeping history alive now and in the future. Oral histories, History Talks webinars, educational outreach, and digital programs are on the list of what your donations fund.
On this giving Tuesday, Pacific Historic Parks is asking you to donate in honor of our veterans, and to support the mission of Pacific Historic Parks to remember, honor and understand World War II in the Pacific.