U.S.S. Arizona survivor helps Wildcats honor 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and on Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats football program remembered that infamous day with on-field tributes and a special guest.
The University of Arizona has always honored a special connection to that event given that one of the ships that was sunk on that day was the U.S.S. Arizona. The Tucson campus displays several documents and artifacts that chronicle the battleship's service and sinking.
The Wildcats used the occasion of hosting Hawai'i on Saturday to remember those lost with several tributes. Most noticeable were the commemorative uniforms.
— Arizona Athletics (@AZATHLETICS) September 15, 2016
Nearly every decal, patch and detail honored the U.S.S. Arizona in some manner. Then there was the pregame ceremony and national anthem.
But perhaps the most meaningful gesture of the night was inviting Lauren Bruner, the second-to-last man off the U.S.S. Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, to speak with Arizona athletes and take part in the festivities.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 18, 2016
The Wildcats managed to pull off a 47-28 win over the visiting Rainbow Warriors.
If you'd like to bid on the game-worn jerseys and helmets, head to ArizonaWildcats.com. All of the proceeds will benefit UA's U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial.