Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony honors the sacrifice of veterans

Memories of the Pearl Harbor attack came flooding back for Navy Veteran Ivan Stewart Thursday

Memories of the Pearl Harbor attack came flooding back for Navy Veteran Ivan Stewart Thursday

Representing the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Jerry Lehr, son of the late William C. Lehr, a Pearl Harbor Navy veteran, read aloud the 17 CT servicemen who died December 7, 1941, at the USA naval base in Oahu, Hawaii, as City of West Haven Fire Department Allingtown Capt. Jason Cameron tolled the department's chrome bell each instant a name was called.

The surprise attack by the Japanese Navy 76 years ago killed more than 2,300 USA soldiers and sailors.

President Donald Trump and Governor Kay Ivey have ordered all USA flags in the state to be flown at half-staff today.

"Each year, we remember this date, but what's happening as we all get older, ... we're starting to lose the memory of this event", Jindrich said.

Organizers say the event has decreased over the years, as fewer survivors are still alive.

"I really hope they enjoy seeing what today's Navy is like", Ingram said.

Schoonover had traveled to Pearl Harbor before to visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery, where dozens of unidentified remains are buried together.

Close, who is a resident at a West Lafayette home, didn't appear to like recalling Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. Japan attacked the U.S. Naval base that day at 7:48 a.m.

There once were 34 Pearl Harbor survivors from the Valley.

"Now that Vickie is gone, it is up to me, my siblings and all the rest of the family to carry on the legacy of Doris Miller", Henrietta said.

"That was an attack on the United States", said Snow.

It was the springboard for the United States into World War II. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen joined Heather Mabee (center) and other members of the Daughters of the American Revolution for a memorial ceremony at the Congress Park War Memorial on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. We can't forget that.

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Honor Guard conducted a 21-gun salute, the U.S Fleet Forces Command Band played taps, and a wreath was laid at the memorial to honor fallen service members.

Bell, who is now 93, remembers those times well as the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor is Thursday.

"This is something we do every year", said Allan Labranche, vice president of AMVET Post 47.

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