Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Remembrance

USS Arizona Memorial Names

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in HonoluluHawaiʻi, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led to United States involvement in World War II.

The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.



USS Arizona Memorial

The Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service is free to the public and has a museum with exhibits about the Pearl Harbor attack, such as the ship’s bell from the USS Arizona. The Pearl Harbor National Monument Bookstore revenue helps support the museum.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument



December 7, 2016
12:45 PM EST
U.S. Navy Marks 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Kilo Pier, Honolulu, Hawai’i

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Full Integration of Women in U.S. Armed Forces – Anniversary

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Combat Integration: The First Year of Firsts

12/4/16 Deptment of Defense Secretary Ash Carter

One year ago, I announced that the Department of Defense would be opening all combat positions to women. As I have said repeatedly over my time as Secretary, our military is strongest when we draw from a pool of all eligible women and men who possess the skills and talents necessary to meet our standards. The defense of our nation depends upon all of our people, especially the men and women who have performed so valiantly in combat over the last 15 years.

The discipline and commitment that have marked our military Services’ leadership of this change has been the keystone of our success. I’m pleased to announce that each of the military Services and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are on track with implementation efforts and seeing positive results and lessons that will make our force stronger.

In this first year of implementation we have witnessed many “firsts” making the policy change a reality. The Army has seen the fruits of thoughtful implementation as our first 10 women graduated from the Army’s elite Ranger school. We’ve seen the Army’s first female enlisted infantry soldiers, and this week 13 women graduated from Army’s first integrated Armor Basic Officer Course.

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Durbin Pushes To Protect DREAMers From Deportation

Begins To Craft Bipartisan Legislation To Shield DREAMers Until Congress Passes Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today continued his push to ensure that the young immigrants known as DREAMers remain shielded from deportation under a Trump Administration. Every day this week, Durbin has gone to the floor of the United States Senate and shared the stories of DREAMers at risk of deportation if the President-elect does not continue President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Durbin also announced that he is working with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to craft a potential legislative solution that would provide a temporary stay of deportation for young immigrants while Congress works on legislation to fix our broken immigration system.

“My concern and the concern shared by millions across America is what is going to happen to these young kids – 744,000 of them who are currently in college, in high school, currently in professional schools, medical schools, and law schools. They’re doing amazing things with their lives and yet things can happen immediately that change their status,” said Durbin. “I’ve talked to a number of my colleagues on the floor, on both sides of the aisle about this, and there are strong emotions in favor of helping these young people. One of the leaders on this has been my friend and ally on some immigration issues – and that’s Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. He and I talked about introducing legislation that would give a temporary stay so that these young people could be protected until Congress does its work and comes up with an immigration bill that addresses this issue and many more. Senator Graham and I discussed it again this morning, and we hope to even have this bill ready before we leave next week, a bipartisan effort to say to the new president, ‘give these young people a fighting chance. At least protect them until we’ve had a chance to act on the larger immigration issues before us.’ I hope that colleagues on both sides will join us.”

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President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:

Now it is time for Congress to act before NotMyPresident Donald Trump gets into office!






World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

For more:

U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy

Presidential Proclamation — World AIDS Day, 2016

United Nations – World AIDS Day, 1 December


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2016 Holidays at The White House

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2016 White House Holiday Decor

Celebrating the Gift of the Holidays

Ever wonder how the White House gets transformed for the holidays? Deesha Dyer, White House Social Secretary, reveals how it all comes together.

The smell of pine, the taste of gingerbread cookies, the choral sounds of music filling the halls and the sight of thousands of guests coming through the doors — that’s right, it’s time for another magical holiday season at the White House!

In our eighth and final holiday season, we’re celebrating the theme, “The Gift of the Holidays” — the gift of family and friends, reflection and remembrance, and excitement and cheer.

As the White House Social Secretary, it’s my job to lead the transformation of the People’s House during the holiday season and help welcome everyone who comes through the White House doors.

It all begins six months ahead of time with input from Mrs. Obama along with a talented team of designers who come up with amazing and festive concepts and sketches for the entire White House, the private residence, and the West Wing (including the Oval Office).

Then, we have the hard task of sorting through a bulk of eager, everyday citizens who want to volunteer to help us decorate. We read lots of fun and creative letters. The volunteers show up the Friday after Thanksgiving and work tirelessly with the designers, White House Executive Residence team, Social Office and so many others to get it all ready! It’s a team effort to bring it all together. We are so lucky that in addition to the tours and receptions to showcase the work, we are able to also bring the joyous experience of the Holidays to those online.

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11/29/16 Remarks by the First Lady at Annual Holiday Press Preview

Tuesday, November 29th 

9:30 AM EST– The Office of the First Lady hosts a preview of the 2016 holiday decor at the White House

1:30 PM EST– As part of the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the White House to view the 2016 holiday decorations
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2016 White House holiday tour book.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016
 9:30 AM PM ET
2016 White House Holiday Decor
East Room, White House





2016 National Christmas Tree


The National Christmas Tree is a large evergreen tree located in the northeast quadrant of The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated as a Christmas tree. The grand illumination of the Christmas lights on the tree by the President of the United States early in December is an annual event. Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks during the tree lighting ceremony. Since 1954, the event has marked the start of month-long festivities known as the Pageant of Peace. Smaller trees representing the U.S. states, District of Columbia, and the inhabited territories around the National Christmas Tree are referred to as the Pathway to Peace.

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2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting –  December 1st

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, are excited to announce the date for the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in our nation’s capital will be held Thursday, December 1, 2016.

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2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Performers

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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2016 at  5:00 p.m. ET
Ellipse in Presidents Park, Washington DC



Made In the USA 2016

Made in the USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence.

For a “Made in the USA” claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any — or only negligible — foreign content.

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Companies that make American products: products made in the USA *My husband LOVES their durable jeans  American and Union Made Clothing. products made, manufactured or assembled in America. directory of goods made in the United States.

C.L. Whiting Company unique leather goods

Filson Clothing products made in the USA

K’Nex Toys  brand name of a construction toy systems ( LEGOFischertechnik,  Meccano, Tinkertoys and Angry Bird Building Sets) products made in the U.S.A. product search engine and database for those looking for products made in the United States. products made in the United States. a not-for-profit organization that promotes products manufactured and assembled in America.

Munro American Shoes specializing in fit, offering 75 size and width combinations. clothing apparel Made in the USA watches, bicycles, and leather goods made in Detroit, Michigan directory of American-made products. connecting American manufacturers with consumers. toy manufacturers in the USA. Union made products

USAonly.US lists companies that make their products here in the United States.


In his State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about the importance of doing more to help American workers acquire the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

President Obama’s efforts to support businesses:


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