Purpose & Significance of the Monument

According to the National Park Service (nps.gov), the following statetments represent the purpose and signficance of the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument: 


Purpose of the Monument

The purpose of the monument is to..."preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oah'u, to peace and reconciliation."


Significance of the Monument

The statements of significance express "why a monument's resources and values are important enough to merit designation as a unit of the national park system. These statements are linked to the purpose of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor and are supported by data, research, and consensus.


Statements of significance describe the distinctive nature of the park and why an area is important within a global, national, regional, and systemwide context. The following significance statements have been identified for World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor:


• Japan Attacks Oahu

The monument... "interprets and preserves sites and artifacts of the December 7, 1941,  Japanese military attack on Oah'u, which killed more than 2,300 military and civilian personnel, and compelled the United States' entry into World War II."


• Pacific War Oahu

The monument..."works collaboratively to preserve the historic settings of Oahu's strategic land, air, and sea commands that were crucial to the Pacific War effort."


• Remember the Sacrifices

The monument..."serves as a focal point to honor and commemorate the sacrifices made during the Pacific War."


• Final Resting Place

The monument..."is the final resting place of hundreds of crew members of the USS Arizona and USS Utah who made the ultimate sacrifice in the greatest loss of life during a single event in US Naval history. The National Park Service and the US Navy continue to honor WWII veterans through ceremonial and stewardship activities."


• Portal to the Pacific War Story

The monument..."serves as a portal to the Pacific War story, from its epic land, air, and sea battles to the violations of human rights and the long-lasting impacts of the war."


• Enduring Peace

The setting of the monument...."provides unique opportunities for reconciliation among former Pacific War combatants. The memorials serve as icons of enduring peace and reminders of the healing that is still ongoing."


Pearl Harbor is located on Oahu.

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