High school students from Oklahoma sang Tuesday night at a memorial in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
The attacks on Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,400 Americans and injured more than 1,100 others.
Students of the Harding Charter Preparatory High School Choir have been selected to participate in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony and Parade.
They first performed at the USS Missouri on Sunday as a group.
On Tuesday, they participated in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade and represented the USS Oklahoma.
“To be able to honor fallen soldiers, to be able to perform today in the afternoon, to sing the national anthem with everyone, that’s such an honor I have to say, just to be able to represent all of Oklahoma. “said Daniela Torres, a senior choir member who sings viola.
They also sing during the opening ceremony with schools across the country.
“We’re going to do America the Beautiful, and we’re also going to do the national anthem along the parade route,” said Jennifer Gillis, director of vocal music at Harding Charter High School.
The students raised funds for a year and a half to make the trip.
“With the performances, I am especially looking forward to learning more about this event in history. I really enjoy singing with our choir, I feel like everyone is very talented and I can’t wait to meet the other choirs, ”said Audrey Bacharach, a second year choir who sings in the viola.
The students said they learned a lot while visiting the historic sites of Pearl Harbor.
“It was so nice to come here and learn so much about history that I didn’t know before,” said Thomas Etherington, a young tenor and member of the bass choir.
They visited the USS Arizona this week.
“I saw how devastating it was for the people who died that day to be on these ships and stuff. I really felt like we were singing here with so much higher meaning than when we we are registered for the first time on this trip, ”said Andrew Onema, second year tenor choir member.
The students told News 9 they found deeper meaning in their role at the Pearl Harbor memorial service.
“I feel like as an American you have this shared connection. Like, these are people who died that day, it really holds as a unit with everyone, ”Onema said.