Pacific Aviation Museum celebrates Living History Day with Smithsonian

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has celebrated its 10th anniversary and the upcoming 75th anniversary of the December 7th bombing of Pearl Harbor, with an expanded Living History Day, the museum said.

The museum partnered Smithsonian Magazine´s Museum Day Live and welcomed more than 2,000 to the event.

The event included special tributes to the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, WWII exhibits created by local high school students, and meet and greets with WWII American military veterans of Japanese ancestry. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii presented a short documentary film called “Honouliuli: Hawaii´s Hidden Internment Camp” that sheds light on the WWII internment and POW camp in Hawaii.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Ford Island, where bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Visitors to the museum can see remnants from that day of infamy, including the 158-foot tall red and white iconic Ford Island Field Control Tower still under restoration, Hangars 37 and 79, and bullet holes and battle damage in hangar 79. Through its preservation and restoration of World War II fighter planes and accompanying artifacts in the Museum´s historic hangars, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor shares the story of the vital role aviation played in America´s winning of World War II, and its continuing role in maintaining America´s freedom.

The Smithsonian was a founded in 1946 and consists of 19 museums and galleries, nine research facilities and the National Zoological Park.