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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Arizona_Memorial

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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

 

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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

Live Stream: http://www.defense.gov/live1

 

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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.

For more: https://medium.com/@SecDef/combat-integration-the-first-year-of-firsts-da08f64f42a3#.re960s3ce

 

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Pres Obama Travels to Greece, Germany & APEC

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APEC Peru http://www.apec2016.pe
APEC Peru Twitter
APEC Peru Flickr
APEC Peru YouTube

APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting
November 19 – 20, 2016
Lima, Peru

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

 

Monday, November 14

President Obama departs the White House

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Tuesday, November 15

President Obama arrives in Greece
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

President Obama is greeted by Greek President Pavlopoulos in an official arrival ceremony
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama meets with Greek President Pavlopoulos
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama and meets with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras
Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras hold a joint press conference
Maximos Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama attends a state dinner hosted by President Pavlopoulos
Presidential Mansion, Athens, Greece

President Obama overnights in Greece

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Wednesday, November 16

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
United States Embassy to Greece, Athens, Greece

President Obama tours the Acropolis
Athens, Greece

President Obama delivers remarks
Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

President Obama departs Greece en route to Germany
Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece

President Obama arrives in Germany

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Thursday, November 17

President Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Merkel in an official arrival ceremony
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama attends a dinner with German Chancellor Merkel
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama overnights in Berlin

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Friday, November 18

President Obama meets with French President François Hollande,  United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
Berlin, Germany

President Obama the U.S. military service-members
Berlin, Germany

President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru
Tegel International Airport, Berlin, Germany

President Obama arrives Lima, Peru
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

President Obama overnights in Lima

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Saturday, November 19

President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Town Hall
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping
JW Marriott, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance
Parque de la Reserva, Lima, Peru

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Sunday, November 20

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama attends an APEC sessions
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in the adoption of the 24th APEC Leaders’ Declaration
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
Lima’s Convention Center, Lima, Peru

President Obama participates in a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama holds a press conference
Lima Convention Centre, Lima, Peru

President Obama departs Lima to return to the White House
Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

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United Nations Day 2016

In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

“UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.  More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

For more: http://www.un.org/

October 23, 2016 Presidential Proclamation — United Nations Day, 2016

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9/11 Patriot Day 2016 – 15th Anniversary

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

On this day, President Obama asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET and calls upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The Pentagon Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial

Beyond the 11th

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September 11, 2001, sought to do more than hurt our people and bring down buildings: They sought to break our spirit and destroy the enduring values that unite us as Americans. In the years that followed, our capacity to love and to hope has guided us forward as we worked to rebuild, more sound and resilient than ever before. With the hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memories, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour, and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.

The pain inflicted on our Nation on September 11 was felt by people of every race, background, and faith. Though many young Americans have grown up without knowing firsthand the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by it. They hear of the many acts of service that occurred coworkers who led others to safety, passengers who stormed a cockpit, and first responders who charged directly into the fire. Many Americans did everything they could to help survivors, from volunteering their time to donating food, clothing, and blood. And many signed up to don our Nation’s uniform to prove to the world that no act of terror could eclipse the strength or character of our country.

United by a common creed, a commitment to lifting up our neighbors, and a belief that we are stronger when we stand by one another, we must find the courage to carry forward the legacy of those who stepped up in our time of need. By devoting ourselves to each other and recognizing that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves just as heroic patriots did on September 11 we are paying tribute to their sacrifices. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we must ensure that darkness is no match for the light we shine by engaging in acts of service and charity. I invite all Americans to observe this day with compassionate and selfless deeds that embody the values that define our people, and to visit http://www.Serve.gov to find opportunities to give back to their communities.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors, and in the dedication of those who keep us safe. Today, we honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed. In memory of these beautiful souls, we vow to keep moving forward. Let us have confidence in the values that make us American, the liberties that make us a beacon to the world, and the unity we sustain every year on this anniversary. Above all, let us stand as strong as ever before and recognize that together, there is nothing we cannot overcome.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

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Sunday, September 11

 

8:46 AM ET
President Obama, First Lady Michelle and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
White House

8:45 AM ET
9/11 Memorial Remebrance Ceremony
Memorial Plaza, New York, NY

9:30 AM ET
President Obama deliver remarks along with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Memorial Remebrance Ceremony
Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia

10:00 AM ET
Memorial Remebrance Ceremony for the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93
Shanksvillle, PA

10:30 AM ET
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
New York September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

 

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2016 ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world; to fears that highly industrialized Japan (a member of G8) would come to dominate economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region; and to establish new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe (where demand had been declining). APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries. APEC includes newly industrialized economies, although the agenda of free trade was a sensitive issue for the developing NIEs at the time APEC founded, and aims to enable ASEAN economies to explore new export market opportunities for natural resources such as natural gas, as well as to seek regional economic integration (industrial integration) by means of foreign direct investment. Members account for approximately 40% of the world’s population, approximately 54% of the world’s gross domestic product and about 44% of world trade.

An annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan (which is represented by a ministerial-level official under the name Chinese Taipei as economic leader). The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies, and a famous tradition, followed for most (but not all) summits, involves the attending leaders dressing in a national costume of the host country.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia-Pacific_Economic_Cooperation

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

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Tuesday, September 6th

President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama attends an official state luncheon
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama delivers remarks to the People of Laos
Lao National Cultural Hall , Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

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Wednesday, September 7th

President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a press conference
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama tours Wat Xieng Thong temple
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama Holds a YSEALI Town Hall
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama tours Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre
Vientiane, Laos

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS welcome dinner and cultural performance
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

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Thursday, September 8th

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama Holds a Press Conference
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama departs Laos en route to Japan
Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama arrives in Yokota, Japan and Air Force One refuels
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama departs Japan en route to Alaska
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama arrives in Achorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama departs Achorage en route to Joint Base Andrews
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to White House

President Obama arrives White House

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ASEAN Summit / EAS Summit
September 6-8, 2016
Vientiane, Laos

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2016 G20 Leader’s Summit – Hangzhou, China

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The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. Its membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union. Each G20 president invites several guest countries each year.

G20 leaders meet annually. In addition, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet regularly during the year to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy, reform international financial institutions, improve financial regulation and implement the key economic reforms that are needed in each member economy. Underpinning these meetings is a year-long program of meetings among senior officials and of working groups coordinating policy on specific issues.

The G20 started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis. In 2008, the first G20 Leaders’ Summit was held, and the group played a key role in responding to the global financial crisis. Its decisive and coordinated actions boosted consumer and business confidence and supported the first stages of economic recovery. G20 leaders have met eight times since 2008.

The G20 is an apt model for global cooperation in today’s world. Its response to the global financial crisis is a testament to the impact G20 members can make when working together. The G20 introduced trillions of dollars in fiscal stimulus packages worldwide, which saved or created millions of jobs that would otherwise have been destroyed. It also put in place measures to limit the collapse of financial markets and helped maintain consumer and business confidence.

For more: https://g20.org/about-g20/

 

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Friday, September 2nd

President Obama departs  Honolulu, Hawaii en route to China

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Saturday, September 3rd

President Obama arrives in China
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a meet and greet with Embassy staff and families
JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama delivers remarks at a climate event
West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

President Obama and Chinese President  Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

President Obama attends a private dinner hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping
West Lake State House, Hangzhou, China

President Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May hold a bilateral meeting
JW Marriott Hotel, Hangzhou, China

President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan of Turkey hold a bilateral meeting
JW Marriott Hotel, Hangzhou, China

President Obama overnights in Hangzhou
Hangzhou, China

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Sunday, September 4th

President Obama attends a G20 welcome ceremony
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama takes an official G20 family photo
Xizi Hotel, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G20 welscome dinner
Xizi Hotel, Hangzhou, China

President Obama attends a cultural performance
West Lake, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G-20 Leaders plenary session
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama overnights in Hangzhou
Hangzhou, China

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Monday, September 5th

 

President Obama participates in a G20 session on robust international trade and investment
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a G20 working lunch and the fourth G20 session on inclusive and interconnected development
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama holds bilateral meetings with other leaders of the G20 on other issues affecting the world economy
Hangzhou International Expo, Hangzhou, China

President Obama attends a G20 session on other issues affecting the world economy
Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

President Obama participates in a closing ceremony for the G20 Summit
Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China

President Obama holds a press conference
JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China

President Obama departs Hangzhou, China en route to Laos
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

President Obama arrives Vientiane, Laos
Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

11th G20

September 4 – 5, 2016
Hangzhou, China

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