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Pacific Historic Parks
- USS Arizona Memorial

For the 2019 "Swing Back to the '40s" Charity Fundraiser, we are happy to announce that we will be raising much needed funds for Pacific Historic Parks which not only contribute to the much needed maintenance of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, but are responsible for sites across the islands and around the Pacific.

 

The focus of the money we are raising for this event is to contribute to Wounded Veterans in Parks (WVIP) project, which is is an innovative program supported jointly by PHP and the National Park Service to re-engage with our service members and allow them to renew their commitment to our country with specific, mission focused scuba diving operations. The newly launched WVIP program will involve our wounded service members in the scientific study, interpretation, and protection of one of our nation’s most important memorials to military service and sacrifice—USS Arizona. The program will augment NPS underwater specialists with disabled veterans trained as scientific scuba divers who will assist the Park Service with its ongoing management responsibilities for this American icon.

Our secondary cause of the event is the collection of Oral Histories of Pearl Harbor witnesses and World War II veterans. For generations, recording memories have served as a foundation for how a community honors and preserves their past. Looking back through history can teach us the real meaning of connection, patriotism and courage. With the rapid expansion of technology in the last few decades, the collection of oral history interviews has enabled us to look into the eyes of those who lived through pivotal moments in history and listen as they teach us the lessons of what they have learned through their life.