WWII Memorial Planner Speaks at Pearl Harbor Commemoration

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 • 1:25pm

LOCATION: Battleship Park - 1 Battleship Rd

The principal mover and overseer of the nation’s World War II Memorial in Washington, D. C., retired Army colonel Kenneth S. Pond, is the keynote speaker at Southeastern North Carolina’s annual Pearl Harbor commemoration on Tuesday, December 7.

The 69th anniversary observance of the Japanese attack on Hawaii, which catapulted the United States into WWII, will be held at 1:25 p.m., in Battleship Park, across the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington.

The public is invited.

As a member of the civilian senior executive service, Colonel Pond served as executive director and chief operating officer of the American Battle Monuments Commission during the Memorial’s planning and construction. The commission is responsible for establishing and maintaining U.S. military cemeteries and official monuments around the globe.

He resides in Landfall in Wilmington.

The event time matches the hour in Wilmington when the first wave of Japanese aircraft hit Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m., Hawaii time.

Five or six regional Pearl Harbor Survivors, all in the 90's or late 80's, are expected to attend, including Leslie “Bud” Hollenbeck, crewman on the battleship USS Pennsylvania, who will present his remembrances. Also attending will be at least one civilian who witnessed the attack, Carroll Robbins Jones.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Commissioners Vice Chairman Jonathan Barfield will speak. Historian and native Wilbur Jones will describe what Wilmington was doing that day, and remember local men who died during the attack.

The Laney High School Air Force Junior ROTC color guard and American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard will perform.

For further information, contact Doris Ayers at 910-796-3292, or Dayers91@aol.com.