Earlier this week, Arizona announced it would recognize Pearl Harbor’s 75th Anniversary during the Hawaii game and on Wednesday revealed special new uniforms (shown above).
The following game traditions will honor the anniversary:
Game Program: A special edition of the game program including a commemorative cover, information on the University of Arizona’s connection to the U.S.S. Arizona, and a list containing the names of the 1,177 crewmen and officers, who lost their lives aboard the U.S.S. Arizona.
National Anthem: Includes U.S.S. Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner, a giant U.S. flag on the field presented by members of the UA’s ROTC programs, the national anthem performed by a current UA ROTC cadet, and a skydiver.
Team Entrance: The Arizona football team will enter the field carrying a 48-star U.S. internment flag. The flag will be presented at midfield to U.S.S. Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner prior to the coin toss.
Coin Toss: The coin toss will use the squadron commander’s coin from the 47th fighter squadron, stationed at Davis-Monthan. The 47th fighter squadron was originally the 47th Pursuit Squadron, and was assigned to Wheeler Field, Hawai’i. The squadron was credited with shooting down eight Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941, in defense of Pearl Harbor. Joining us to present the squadron coin on behalf of the 47th fighter squadron is Colonel Scott Campbell, Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing at DM Air Force Base.
WE REMEMBER Halftime: U.S.S. Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner and several World War II veterans will join us for an on-field ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor, to pay tribute to those lost during the attack and the subsequent world war, and to be honored for their military service to our country. These distinguished guests will be joined by UA President Ann Weaver Hart, UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, and the Pride of Arizona.