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Bands For Arms: Handmade Pearl Harbor Commemoration Bracelets

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a company called Bands For Arms is creating a series of handmade bracelets made from the uniforms of military service members. The Pearl Harbor Collection includes six bracelets and will be available on July 4th, 2011. The Pearl Harbor attacks took place on December 7, 1941.

In everything Bands For Arms does, their main mission is to support military non-profit organizations and continue to provide a link between service members and loved ones. They donate 50% of the sale price to organizations like USO Japan, the National World War II Museum, Project Lifting Spirits and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Proceeds from the Pearl Harbor Collection will go to The Arizona Memorial. Bands For Arms owner Nick Mendoza III and fellow Bands For Arms staff will present them in August 2011.

Bands For Arms’ goal is to bring awareness to our American military by bracelets made from actual service members’ and veterans’ uniforms.

Every band, necklace and artwork created by Bands For Arms includes an information card with background on who originally donated the uniform-turned-artful-accessory. Bands in the Pearl Harbor Collection include:

  • Arizona
  • Oahu
  • Utah
  • Oklahoma
  • Ford Island
  • Corpsman

Bands For Arms reuses donated uniforms to create wearable pieces of art. Their past collections include International, Signature, and much more. Individual bands are made throughout the year, viewable in their 2011 Collection album on Facebook.


Bands For Arms Arizona Bracelet

The Arizona Bracelet. Photo originally posted on the Bands For Arms Facebook page.

Owner Nick Mendoza III founded Bands For Arms in hopes of strengthening communication pathways between families and those serving in the military. Nick’s inspiration came when he lost a friend in 2009 and the friend’s mother wished they could have keep in touch more often.

“Nick wanted to make a difference in military members hearts by making a continuous effort to keep lines of communication open with their loved ones.”

For more information, check out the Bands For Arms Facebook page, or visit their official website, www.bandsforarms.com.

December the 7th Ceremonies Mark Big Upgrades to Pearl Harbor Memorial

Pearl Harbor Day

As November winds to an end, we grow closer once again to December the seventh: “the date that will live in infamy.” President Roosevelt delivered this stirring line, which is frequently misquoted as “day that will live in infamy,” in 1941 in response to the most damaging surprise attack in modern American history. Since this terrible moment, the United States has been involved in military operations throughout the world, but the 2,008 Navy Sailors, 109 Marines, 218 Army Soldiers, and 68 Civilians lost that day will never be forgotten.

2010 marks the 66th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, and there are several noteworthy additions to this year’s tribute ceremonies. For one, the 7th marks the grand opening of the newly renovated Pearl Harbor visitor’s center. If you are wondering what exactly to expect from the expanded facility, check out our blog about the renovations.

Another addition to this year’s ceremony is the rumored presence of vice president Joe Biden. With the support of our second in command, this year is bound to be quite the production, and plans are already in place to ensure that the remembrance proceeds in an orderly and safe fashion. Tour buses will have limited access during the morning hours of the seventh, and many visitors are planning on parking at the nearby aloha stadium, and shuttling to Pearl Harbor to avoid creating congestion.

If you are interested in experiencing the ceremony firsthand, you are going to want to do your homework. It’s going to be hectic at Pearl Harbor on the seventh, so plan ahead if at all possible. Join Discover Hawaii Tours on a Pearl Harbor tour after commemorations of the historic event are complete, and experience a newly renovated and much more complete Pearl Harbor memorial experience.

The USS North Carolina Finds a Home in Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor’s fleet of submarines just got another addition after the USS North Carolina arrived on November the 15th. Originally commissioned in Connecticut, the North Carolina had been on its way to Pearl Harbor Hawaii for two months, a voyage made longer by training operations conducted along the way.

USS North Carolina

With the arrival of the USS N.C., Pearl Harbor gains its third Virginia-class submarine. Valued for their abilities to maneuver with extreme accuracy at slow speeds, the Virginia-Class subs complement Pearl Harbor’s fifteen Los Angeles-class subs that already call the historic location “home.” In fact, Pearl Harbor is the only pacific base of Virginia-Class submarines. The North Carolina joins the Texas and the Hawaii, amounting to about 7.5 billion dollars worth of submersible Virginia-class muscle guarding the United States’ far shores.

These vessels are armed with torpedoes and tomahawk cruise missiles and are capable of transporting thirty Navy Seal commandoes. The North Carolina is 377 feet long and has a crew of 135 sailors.

Don’t expect this ship to be around for photo-ops the next time you are on the islands. If you want to check out the North Carolina be sure to act fast. The Hawaii, for instance, is performing operations a long way from home off the coast of Korea. The Texas is currently at Pearl Harbor, but these operational vessels are constantly coming and going. The best time to have any chance to see both the Texas and the North Carolina before they disembark once again for months of protecting our oceans, is now.

Join Discover Hawaii Tours soon and you might just get a chance to see first-hand the kind of modern protection that the US Navy has to offer.

Pearl Harbor Museums

Most that are visiting Pearl Harbor are well aware of its main attraction, the USS Arizona Memorial, and its history and tragedy. Many are unaware that Pearl Harbor is the home to other top museums, attractions, and exhibits. Let’s take a look at them:

USS Arizona Memorial – Oahu’s top attraction, the remains of the battleship rest at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, with its Memorial built above the wreckage, though it does not touch or affect it in any way. Resting with the ship that was taken down on December 7, 1941 are the 1,177 soldiers who were on board the ship at the time of the attacks

USS Bowfin Submarine – Known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger” because of 9 successful war patrols following the initial attacks, the submarine is now a floating museum and guests are able to walk through the sub with a guided headset tour, detailing its patrols and what it was like to live submerged beneath ocean waters for months at a time.

USS Missouri – The Battleship Missouri, or “Mighty Mo”, is perhaps the best known, and most used ship in U.S. History. With an expert tour guide,  walk the deck of the battleship, which fought in World War II and the Gulf War, marvel at its massive missile turrets, and take a self-guided exploration through the living quarters and command center of the great ship. Learn of its battle history stand on the deck where the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed.

Pacific Aviation Museum – Located inside Hangar 37, the Pacific Aviation Museum houses authentic war planes including a Japanese Zero, 1942 Stearman Biplane, and a Battle of Niihau Display. Opened on the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attacks, this is the first of many phases of the U.S. aviation history with Hangars for the Korean War and Vietnam War currently in the works.

Visitor’s Center – The entrance to Pearl Harbor, a brand new Visitor’s Center will be dedicated on December 7, 2010. Wartime uniforms, artillery displays, and a number of authentic weapons are on display throughout the Visitor’s Center for guests to view and read about. Guided tours are available on tape or on your smart phone device, with which you will learn everything you need to know about Pearl Harbor.

Join us for a visit to any of these museums and learn all about the tragic attacks of December 7, 1941 and the ultimate victory of World War II. Our tours are designed to showcase Pearl Harbor, from its museums to its history in Hawaii, and give a complete understanding of the U.S. involvement in the war. A day that you will not soon forget, what better way to visit Pearl Harbor than with Official Pearl Harbor Tours.