HONOLULU–(Business Wire)–Eighteen middle and high school educators from across the United States
spent four days touring World War II historic sites on Oahu as part of
an 18-month hands-on program called Understanding Sacrifice,
aimed at teaching educators about America’s role in the Pacific Theater
of Operations during World War II.
Teachers spent two of these four days at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl
Harbor on historic Ford Island, the site where bombs fell during the
Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. While at the Museum, teachers
learned about the role aviation played during the war by viewing World
War II-era Japanese and American warplanes displayed at the Museum,
including the iconic B-17 “Swamp Ghost.” Teachers also met with John
Henry Felix and Bob Vieira, two community leaders who were children at
the time of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Other WWII historic sites visited included the USS Bowfin, USS Missouri,
USS Arizona Memorial, and National Memorial Cemetery of the
This highly selective 18-month program kicked off in October 2016 and is
based on a partnership between National History Day®, the Roy Rosenzweig
Center for History and New Media, the American Battle Monuments
Commission (ABMC) and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). In
addition to virtual lectures, studying books on the conflict and
interactive discussions, educators receive hosted travel accommodations
to WWII historic sites to see first-hand the places that influenced the
outcome of the war.
“Feeling the thin aluminum skin of the C-47 aircraft made me realize
just how susceptible these planes were to enemy fire,” said Minnesota
teacher Jermey Miller. “Seeing the bullet holes in the B-17 Swamp Ghost
and the damage done to the aircraft after it had crash landed made the
dangers the aircrews faced much more salient.”
Dr. Shauna Tonkin, Director of Education, stated, “Our mission at
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is to preserve the stories of
sacrifice and courage so that we will never forget. We’re honored to
host this program, helping educators from the across the nation gain a
better understanding of the impact and importance of Pearl Harbor.”
About Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor:
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a non-profit organization
located on Historic Ford Island, where bombs fell during the attack on
Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Visitors to the Museum can see remnants
from that day of infamy, including the 158-foot tall, red and white
iconic Ford Island Control Tower, Hangars 37 and 79, and bullet holes in
Hangar 79. Through its preservation and restoration of World War II
fighter planes and accompanying artifacts in the Museum’s historic
hangars, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor shares the story of the
vital role aviation played in the winning of World War II, and its
continuing role in maintaining America’s freedom.
About National History Day®:
National History Day® is a non-profit education organization based in
College Park, MD. Established in 1973, National History Day® seeks to
promote the learning and teaching of history through a variety of
curricular and extra-curricular programs that engage over half a million
students around the world each year in hands-on historical research.
More information is at nhd.org.
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments
Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S.
armed forces. ABMC administers 26 overseas military cemeteries, and 29
memorials, monuments, and markers.
(Photos from Understanding Sacrifice at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl
Harbor are available at: goo.gl/hjRiXK)
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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