By Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
The next Pearl Harbor Colors Ceremony will be held beginning at 7:30 a.m. July 16 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
This month’s ceremony recognizes the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, a military youth outreach program for Americans ages 11-17, committed to the development of future leaders.
“Each drill, my goal is to work towards making sure that American’s future is in good hands by instilling in the cadets the Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment,” said U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Ensign Eddie Barinque.
The ceremony will also recognize the enlistment to service candidates from the Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), while veterans past and present welcome the newest members of the armed forces and their families to service.
“This is a great experience for applicants and their families and will be something they will never forget,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Gerla, the commanding officer of the Honolulu MEPS station.
The monthly Pearl Harbor Colors Honor and Heritage Ceremony serves to enhance the recognition and preservation of Navy history and heritage, as well as honor the sacrifice of veterans and those currently serving.
Pearl Harbor Colors is a monthly military ceremony that is open free to the public. The event will take place every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m., though the day may shift to accommodate an historic event in history.
Pearl Harbor Colors is an opportunity for local residents and international visitors to witness a U.S. military ceremony and meet veterans, service members and their families. Attendees can learn about various aspects of military history.