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Monday 18 December 2017
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What does Haiti have to do with Pearl Harbor?

imageToday marked 74th  anniversary of the surprise attack by the Japenese on U.S. soil more specifically Pearl Harbor.  The attack happened on December 7, 1941 as a result on August 23, 1994 the United States Congress designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Day. It is in remembrance of the 2,403 victims who lost their lives during the attack. But did you know that Haiti helpded out?

 

Recently while visiting the Haitian Coalition of Philadelphia’s website, I stumbled on this piece of information and thought I’d share it with you.

 

Haiti for the most part remained neutral in World War II until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Haiti, although they weren’t actively on the battleground, the country provided food supplies to allied forces and hosted a detachment of the United States Coast Guards. The seating President at the time Élie Lescot, introduced a number a unpopular emergency measures during the war, which critics claimed were designed to increase their power. Hmmm… Makes me wonder as to what the “emergency measures” were.

Élie Lescot, President of Haiti May 1941- Jan 1946

Élie Lescot, President of Haiti May 1941- Jan 1946

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hawaii Discount’s Pearl Harbor Tours take the worry out of your vacation. Relax and take in the sights instead of waking extra early on your vacation trying to get Pearl Harbor Tickets before they are sold out
Do not bring any bags. Bags are not allowed due to the security of these national monuments. For a fee you can leave your bags at a storage area.

You are allowed to bring your wallet, cell phone and cameras. After entering the Visitor Center I bought a reusable shopping bag at the gift shop to carry my cameras, cell phone and wallet.
The memorial is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
If you are vacationing on one of the other Hawaiian Islands, you can take a day trip to visit Pearl Harbor. Hawaii Discount offers one day Pearl Harbor Tours from Maui, from the Big Island and from Kauai.
Have you ever been to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial? if so live a comment below. Feel free to share with friends.