NORMAN — The Norman North High School Marching Band will represent Oklahoma on Saturday in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu.
The band will depart for Hawaii on Thursday and return Monday morning.
Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the USS Arizona Memorial.
Eight battleships were moored at Pearl Harbor during the attack, and each will be represented by a marching band from the state after which it was named.
In existence for three years, the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade hosts a significant series of events to honor those who gave their lives during the attack, the remaining Pearl Harbor survivors and to recognize the sacrifices of current military forces. Pearl Harbor survivors will serve as grand marshals for the parade.
Ed Vezey, of Moore, was aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, and will be in attendance. Vezey is the only remaining survivor of the attack living in Oklahoma.
The 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade will take place Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. with a concert presented by the United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Norman Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano said the district was “deeply honored, proud and humbled by the opportunity for Norman North band students to be chosen to represent the entire state for such an important occasion.”
For information, visit pearlharborparade.org.
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