Pearl Harbor Commemoration

December 7, 2016 marks the 75th year since the Bombing of Pearl Harbor and the start of WWII for the United States.   

As part of the state’s day of commemoration, the Minnesota Submarine League and the Minneapolis – St. Paul base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) will host a Tolling of the Boats Ceremony to honor the memories of over 4,000 submariners lost in the line of duty. This will include recognition of Minnesota grown WWII submarine veterans. 

The public is invited to join the ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on December 7 in the 3M auditorium at the Minnesota  History Center, 345 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102. This formal public ceremony will recognize their service and the specific history of submarines that were in theater on or about the date which President Franklin Roosevelt so memorably said “will live in infamy.” 

“WWII might have turned out quite differently had it not been for the effectiveness and dedication of US Submarines and their crews,” said Tom Wiesen, Vice President, Minnesota Submarine League and Director, AirSpace Minnesota. “Service in submarines is an inherently dangerous business.  

“The great majority of losses since the founding of the US Submarine force in 1900, totaling 65 submarines and more than 4,000 men, occurred during WWII, when 52 submarines were lost. Members of the United States Submarine Veterans help us ensure their gallant service and sacrifice is never forgotten.”   

A schedule of commemoration dates can be found at this link:  Pearl Harbor Commemoration Events