NORMAN — The Norman North High School Marching Band will represent the state of Oklahoma in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 7, 2013.
The band departs for Hawaii on Thursday, Dec. 5 and returns the morning of Dec. 9.
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. The Norman North High School Marching Band will proudly represent the state of Oklahoma and the veterans of the USS Oklahoma.
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 our current military forces. Pearl Harbor survivors will serve as the Grand Marshalls for the parade.
Mr. Ed Vezey of Moore, Oklahoma, was aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941, and will be in attendance at the parade. Mr. Vezey is the only remaining survivor of the attack living in Oklahoma.
The 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade will take place on Saturday, December 7 beginning at 5 p.m. and will conclude 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 about the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, please visit www.pearlharborparade.org.