Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony

Time: Thur, Dec 7, 2023, | 12:00pm–1pm

US Coast Guard Cutter WHEC-37 is the last warship still afloat to witness the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Please join us aboard this historic vessel as we mark the 82nd anniversary of the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This ceremony is an important way for Historic Ships in Baltimore as an organization and the City of Baltimore to honor those who served during WWII.

The memorial commemoration ceremony will be performed by the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore. This event is free to the public; help us honor those who have served on this historic ship and remember those who lost their lives on this day 82 years ago.

Reception to follow. Tours of the ship will be available to all guests. Admission to this event is free.

Program Highlights

Keynote Address:

We're excited to welcome Capt. Andrew Pecora, Commander, Surface Forces Logistics Center, Baltimore, MD as our Keynote speaker.

SFLC is responsible for the sustainment of approximately 2000 vessels operating across the globe performing every USCG mission. As the SFLC Commander, he leads 1800 people executing over 1300 maintenance projects each year valued at about $650M

Raised in Baltimore, Md and having attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, CAPT Pecora is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, receiving B.S. degrees in Naval and Mechanical Engineering. His assignments have been a mix of naval engineering afloat and ashore duties on both the east and west coasts where he was responsible for the life-cycle sustainment of various boats and cutters. Additionally, he has served in two acquisitions assignments, serving as a deputy program manager for the first two National Security Cutters and Program Manager for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter.

Special Presentation: Baltimore in WWII.

We welcome presenter Ken Jones from the Baltimore Museum of Industry who will discuss how news of the distant attack on US forces effected the citizens of Baltimore.

Baltimore was a major contributor to the United States war effort, and Ken will briefly detail all the major Baltimore industries that roared back to life after years of depression to help achieve victory.


We welcome Delegate Nino Mangione as our master of ceremonies for this year's commemoration. His experience as a radio personality and state delegate is a welcome addition.

Nino Mangione is a lifelong resident of Baltimore County. Coming from a large Italian family, he grew up the second of six children and one of 60 grandchildren. He began his love of country and community at a young age listening to his grandfather retell, with pride, his World War II stories of service aboard USS Caperton.

After graduating, Nino took an internship at WCBM radio and was hired by Calvert High School to coach in their soccer program. Nino took a full-time position with WCBM where he has been a voice for the people of Baltimore County, live on air for more than a decade. Nino’s experience at WCBM includes guest hosting, managing the external communications of the station and offering commentary on the relevant issues of the day.

Prior to entering elective politics, Nino had the opportunity to interview a variety of people including some of America’s top law enforcement officials and a 4-star United States General.

There is a gangway and a few small stairs to required to board USCG Cutter 37. Museum staff are available to assist anyone who needs it.
The closest parking is the Pier V Parking garage directly next to the ship. Street parking is also available in Little Italy for a three hour limit.
You can support this event by making a tax-deductible donation to the museum.

Live Stream
2023: 82nd Anniversary Commemoration

View the commemoration ceremony live here on Dec. 7th, 2023, at 12:00 noon.

Video Tour
The Ship's Connection to Pearl Harbor