PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Emerging media met World War II history as Twitter, Google+, YouTube and other new media became part of the Pearl Harbor Day commemoration in Hawaii, Dec. 7.
Thousands of people gathered around the nation to attend the 72nd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration ceremony to pay tribute to Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Prior to the ceremony, Veterans United Home Loans and the National Park Service hosted an interactive Google+ Hangout to allow Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans unable to travel to Hawaii, the opportunity to connect online at partnering sites across the mainland.
"One of the veterans in St. James, Missouri, was so deeply moved by the experience," said Sarah Hill, of Veterans United Home Loans. "When they played the Air Force music, he raised his hand with a tear streaming down his face. It was like he was there"
The live stream event was the highlight of this year's Dec. 7 ceremony, which allowed people to watch the LIVE event from anywhere via the Internet on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/veteransunited.
'We've received so much feedback from around the world from veterans and military families," said Hill. "There were about 1,500 people watching LIVE from around the nation."
Many individuals posted positive feedback and re-shared the live stream from the Huffington Post to more," Hill added.
As a cross-promote to the event, Navy Region Hawaii @NavRegHawaii hosted a Live Tweet using the hashtag #2013PearlHarborDay to use for people to follow and interact. Topics included ceremonial events, historical facts, photos, videos and more.
With hundreds of comments honoring Pearl Harbor Day, @NavRegHawaii Twitter flooded with retweets, favorites and additional followers.
In addition to Navy Region Hawaii's Twitter feed, USS Arizona @USSArizona received a phenomenal response of more than 2,000 mentions and more than 2,500 followers all in a matter of hours.
To view photos of the ceremony, visit Navy Region Hawaii Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/navyregionhawaii.
For more news from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrh/.