Students, Teachers Invited to Apply to Study World War II in the Pacific in Immersive Program
Sacrifice For Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Sacrifice For Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific

WASHINGTON, DC—National History Day® (NHD) announces the application process for the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute is now open. The program is an unforgettable opportunity for 16 student-teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific onsite in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, in summer 2020.

On the heels of a successful 2019 pilot program, National History Day will coordinate the summer 2020 program, sponsored by Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and Pacific Historic Parks.

Student-teacher teams work together for five months to research the context of World War II in the Pacific, and specifically, the life of a Silent Hero® who died in World War II and is buried in or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Teams will travel to O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, in June 2020 to visit historic sites and learn firsthand about the impact of World War II in the Pacific. The experience culminates with the completion of the Silent Hero® eulogy and profile, which will be featured on, as well as the websites of the sponsoring organizations.

“This program focuses on the stories of those who served and sacrificed in the Pacific Theater, as well as the unique role Hawai‘i played in those operations,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Students get to know their Silent Hero service members and the contributions they made before paying the ultimate price. This process encourages students to express genuine feelings of empathy and deep appreciation for the sacrifices these people made for history.”

“In 2020, our nation will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. It is vitally important to provide opportunities for teachers and students to study the history of the war in the authentic settings provided in Hawai‘i,” commented Dr. Shauna Tonkin, Director of Education and Visitor Experience at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. “The Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners are honored to be part of this unique program that creates personal connections to the past, and inspires teachers and students to keep the stories alive.”

Interested teachers and students who wish to be considered for the program must complete the application form by midnight ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. Applicants will receive notification of the decision no later than December 19, 2019. For more information and details about the program, visit the Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute page on National History Day’s website.

About National History Day® (NHD)
NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit

About Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located on Historic Ford Island at the central site of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Its mission is to steward America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II, sharing the artifacts, personal stories, impact, and response to the Pearl Harbor attack and the Pacific region battles that followed, honoring those who have defended our freedom to educate and inspire future generations. Visitors walk the Pearl Harbor flightline where the attack began, enter the bullet-scarred hangars, see the control tower and vintage aircraft, and learn the stories of WWII heroes and events that changed our nation and the world.

About Pacific Historic Parks
Headquartered in Waipahu, HI, Pacific Historic Parks is the non-profit cooperative association of the National Park Service and has been raising funds and providing support to NPS operations at Pearl Harbor since 1979, when the organization was known as the Arizona Memorial Museum Association. PHP’s mission is to “support the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pacific historic locations through education and interpretive programs, research, preservation, and restoration, to perpetuate the memory of events and honor the people involved in these sites.” PHP also supports NPS operations at: Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai; the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam, and the American Memorial Park on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. Since 2014, Pacific Historic Parks has also partnered with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to support the Diamond Head State Monument. See

About the USS Missouri Memorial Association
The USS Missouri Memorial Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations. The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 8-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

About the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association
The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was founded in 1978 with the purpose of acquiring the WWII fleet submarine USS Bowfin and placing her on permanent display at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USS Bowfin opened to the public in 1981, and last year welcomed her nine millionth visitor. With an average of 400,000 visitors per year, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is the most visited submarine museum in the world and one of the few places that the public can learn about the history of our “Silent Service.” The submarine museum is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11 Arizona Memorial Drive at Pearl Harbor, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call (808) 423-1341 or go to


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