The moment of silence was held at 7:55 am. This corresponds to the exact time bombing began seventy-two years ago. A vintage era plane from World War II broke the silence. Unlike other years helicopters and fighter jets no longer flew in the sky. Due to budget cuts the Hawaii Air National Guard cancelled the flyover for this year's Pearl Harbor ceremony.
Fifty Pearl Harbor survivors returned to the place all hell broke loose 72 years ago for the ceremony. Delton Walling, one of the 50 still living survivors, explained that the ceremony provides an opportunity to meet with other "comrades" that are still alive. When the bombing began Delton was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania. The theme of this year's ceremony was "Sound the Alarm". During the event the way Americans handled everything in the wake of the attack was analyzed and explored.