About USO Great Lakes Center
USO Great Lakes is often the first experience many U.S. Navy personnel have with the USO in their careers. Located on Naval Station Great Lakes in Great Lakes, Illinois –home to the Navy’s only boot camp—USO Great Lakes is a 12,000 square foot “home away from home” center that welcomes more than 70,000 service members and their families, annually. This much-loved USO center has hosted many generations of service members--from the youngest Sailor, newly graduated from boot camp, to the seasoned Marine stopping by for some R&R, to the military spouse toting an energetic trio of military kids. Thanks to the success of the USO’s Answer the Call capital campaign, the USO has embarked on a comprehensive reimagination and renovation of the space. Construction is underway with current plans for a grand re-opening in early 2021.
About National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft. On Aug. 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Every year, remembrance events are held at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, culminating in a commemoration ceremony on Dec. 7.