Pearl Harbor Day
Veterans and community members are invited to the USS KIDD’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 7. The observance will be held aboard the USS KIDD at 11:55 a.m, which is the exact time in Baton Rouge that the attack occurred in Hawaii in 1941. This event is free and open to the public.
The event commemorates the 1941 Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii in which over 2,400 Americans were killed. Among those lost were Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, Sr., after whom the USS KIDD is named, and 45 native sons of Louisiana. “The Pearl Harbor attack is never far from memory,” said Tim NesSmith, USS KIDD Ship Superintendent. “Every sailor that arrives at Pearl Harbor stands on the rail and renders honors to the USS ARIZONA and her crew as their ship passes the site of her wreckage. It is a lesson and a warning to every generation to always remain vigilant.”
USCGC White Alder Memorial Observance
Immediately following the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony, there will be a second remembrance ceremony on the museum grounds for an event that happened locally. The Coast Guard buoy tender USCGC WHITE ALDER was lost in a collision on the Mississippi River near White Castle on December 7, 1968. Members of the USCG Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge will honor the 17 crewmen that went down with their ship. Like the crew of the ARIZONA, the WHITE ALDER’s crew is entombed aboard their ship on the river’s bottom.
Both ceremonies are open to the public at no charge The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Ship tours are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5-12.