Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paid tribute to the American heroes who fought at Pearl Harbor while filming Spike's upcoming Rock the Troops special on Wednesday.
"On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the general alarm sounded when the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked," Johnson says in a clip. "We think back about all those who were here at Pearl Harbor on that day."
Taped on location at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Johnson was joined on stage by Herb Weatherwax, 99, and Alfred Rodrigues, 96, who survived the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago.
"Herb Weatherwax was 24 years old and in the U.S. Army," Johnson shared. "Alfred Rodrigues was just 21 years old, serving in the U.S. Navy."
The special holiday event was held for more than 45,000 members of the military and their families with appearances by Kevin Hart, Rob Riggle, J.B. Smoove, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Prince Royce, Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Terry Crews, Tenacious D, Matthew McConaughey, Keegan-Michael Key and Scott Eastwood.
Unforgettable moment as we all stood proudly on the hallowed grounds of Pearl Harbor where the attacks happened. Almost 50,000 U.S. troops and their families cheering so loudly and so emotionally as 99yr old Herb Weatherwax and 96yr old Alfred Rodrigues were brought out on stage. Many tears were triggered and I'm so grateful to have shaken the hands of these two American heroes who, "held the line". Never forget December 7, 1941. The day we were attacked, but also the day our country became stronger. Join us next NEXT TUES on @SpikeTV to experience this powerful moment as we bring you the biggest military event ever of its kind on American soil. #JointBasePearlHarborHickam #HoldTheLine #RockTheTroops🇺🇸
In a recent interview with People, Johnson explained his approach to producing the special.
"We wanted to do something that had never been done before and we wanted it to be epic," Johnson said. "Honoring those who serve our country is of the utmost importance to us."
An historic night. IN ONE WEEK me and all my buddies go to Pearl Harbor and hold the biggest military event ever of its kind on American soil. Almost 50,000 strong of our troops and their families. Of all the shows & entertainment our @sevenbucksprod's is creating.. this is what's closest to my heart. Join us NEXT TUES NIGHT as we make history... together. #RockTheTroops🇺🇸 ON @spiketv.
Rock the Troops premieres Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on Spike.