Grissom High School Band Honors World War II Veterans in Hawaii
The Grissom High Marching Band spent their Thanksgiving Holiday break paying tribute to World War II Veterans in Hawaii as a part of the many festivities to mark the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The group was one of over thirty bands from the mainland that performed in the Waikiki Holiday Parade, which commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans in memory of the attacks from December 7, 1941. The parade draws thousands of spectators every year to Kalakaua Ave along Waikiki Beach, and includes many local officials. dignitaries, and military units who participate in the event.
The members of the Grissom Band also performed for military veterans and the public at the U.S.S. Arizona Visitors Center and at the U.S.S. Missouri Battleship as a part of events marking the anniversary. All of the students were moved by the experience of performing for those veterans, stating it was a once in a lifetime experience. Grissom High Senior, Austin Meeks, played taps for veterans at the U.S.S. Missouri, and said it was something he would never forget. In preparation for the trip, the band not only rehearsed military music, but had the honor of hearing stories from a local World War II Veteran that served at Pearl Harbor after the attack.