Remembering Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona

University Relations – Communications, Jacob Chinn photo

University of Arizona departments and programs are hosting events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which included the destruction of the USS Arizona, the American battleship to which the UA has close ties.

Dec. 7, 2016, marks the anniversary of “a date which will live in infamy,” in the words of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The attack eventually propelled the United States into World War II.

Leading up to the anniversary, UA-related events include the exhibit “The Life and Legacy of the USS Arizona,” which runs Aug. 29 through Dec. 23 at UA Special Collections at the Main Library, as well as events connected to the Arizona-Hawaii football game on Sept. 17 and a film series at Gallagher Theater.  

Plans also are underway to build the USS Arizona Mall Memorial, which is being funded with private donations. The installation on the UA Mall will have an open-space design with a full-scale outline of the deck and bronze medallions inscribed with the names of the 1,177 who were killed onboard. 

The USS Arizona Mall Memorial will be dedicated during a remembrance ceremony in December. A firm date and details are pending.