On that day, thousands of military personnel lost their lives. Today, we continue to honor their sacrifices.
Shadow Mountain High School’s Marching Band, under the direction of Natan Simon, has the honor of being the only high school in Arizona to participate in the 75th Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade presented by History and A&E Networks.
This year’s parade theme is Remembering Our Past and Celebrating our Future.
“When our students returned to Shadow Mountain for pre-season rehearsals in late July, I distributed their parts for the parade piece, “Armed Forces On Parade,” arranged by Allen Gray, which is a medley of the official songs of the different branches of our military. We have been working on it steadily over the last couple months and performed it at our Homecoming Parade as a sort of practice run for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade,” said Natan Simon, band director.
This trip wouldn’t be possible without the help of all of the students, parents, administration, alumni, businesses and many donors from Arizona and across the United States. “We are very humbled and honored to represent such an amazing community,” said Mr. Simon.
This will be the first time that the Shadow Mountain Marching Band will be traveling outside of the continental United States. “I hope that the most exciting part of the trip for our students is the opportunity to honor our home state of Arizona, our military, and the people who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor in 1941,” added Simon.
About the 75th Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade
The 75th Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade will feature more than 4,000 participants, including outstanding marching bands, junior and active duty military units, cultural and civic organizations and nearly 100,000 spectators. More than 100 Pearl Harbor survivors and Purple Heart recipients will be honorary Grand Marshals.
- 4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony with the Parade Grand Marshal, Gary Sinise.
- 6 p.m., parade begins on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki
- 7:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony