Pearl Harbor survivors Tuesday heard reassurances their sacrifice would be remembered by future generations as they gathered to mark the 69th anniversary of the attack.
National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis told about 120 survivors who traveled to Hawaii from around the country that the park service "will still be here telling their story" long after the last veteran of the war is gone.
Jarvis spoke before the dedication of a new $56 million visitors center for people paying their respects at the memorial for the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack and where the remains of nearly 1,000 sailors and Marines are entombed.
The event was held across the harbor from the USS Arizona. Survivors took a boat out to the memorial that sits on top of the battleship.