A Gig Harbor youth is joining 67 of his fellow Young Marines across the country to participate in the 71st anniversary Pearl Harbor Day commemoration in Hawaii. The event also includes the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the USS Arizona memorial site.
Nine-year-old Pvt. Hayden Lupenski, of Gig Harbor, will be participating in two days of events marking the anniversaries this year. He and the group represent the Carbon Glacier unit of the Young Marines, which covers a wide territory in Western Washington bounded unofficially by Thurston, Gig Harbor and Snohomish counties.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Young Marines will perform a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in memory of all the brave men and women who are interred there. The involvement of the Young Marines is made possible with the help of Nadine L. Siak, public affairs specialist of the cemetery.
On Friday, Dec. 7, the Young Marines will lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu. They will carry the banners of the twelve capital ships that were attacked. The parade’s objective is to honor the heroes and survivors of Pearl Harbor and World War II, to pay tribute to veterans, active duty military members and military families, to celebrate freedom and to keep in remembrance the heinous events of Dec. 7, 1941.
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