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World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves artifacts and tells the stories of people and places associated with the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor and the rest of Oahu that compelled the United States’ entry into World War II. The monument is a partner in preserving the historic settings of Fortress Oahu, whose strategic location and development as a military base was crucial in winning the Pacific War. Further, the monument provides the best opportunity to honor and commemorate the sacrifices made on December 7, 1941, and in the Pacific War by maintaining and interpreting Pearl Harbor memorials.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and Navy Region Hawaii are stewards of the USS Arizona and the USS Utah on behalf of the American people. Additionally, the monument collects, curates, and facilitates presentations of oral histories associated with the Pacific War during the World War II era. The monument also preserves and shares the compelling stories that provide insights into the impacts of the Pacific War (before, during, and after) to better understand the human experience. Finally, the monument tells the stories of the internment and civil rights violations by presidential order following the Japanese attack.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument also tells the epic story of the Allied and Axis actions from war to peace throughout the vast Pacific Theater. And, the Hawaii Unit of the monument tells the story of the unconditional surrender of Japan and the following recovery efforts that paved the way to a strong political and economic alliance between United States and Japan.
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