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Pearl Harbor attack recalled in solemn Norco ceremony

Melanie Bell Melanie Bell
Freda Brock | 08 Декабря, 2017, 01:42

Few of those who were at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 are still alive; only a handful were able to attend the memorial ceremony at which Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen and other dignitaries extolled their virtues and celebrated their heroism.

Delores Sarpas, who organized the memorial, said she hoped everyone at the event remembers that over two million people have died for our freedom, adding too many people take it for granted.

A wreath was dropped from a footbridge into the Kenduskeag River Thursday as veterans and community member came together to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

76 years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II. More than 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack. As the attack on Pearl Harbor was underway, his ship began sinking, but he and his ship men later abandoned ship - swimming away for fear the USS California would roll over.

More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack - including several dozen civilians - and almost 1,200 were wounded.

"When I looked up and saw the red ball on the fuselage I knew it wasn't our plane", he said.

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"We honor you today for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor", he said. He recalls the dates, the assignments, the people he both met and lost, and he remembers the unbelievable sadness that was engulfing the world around him. The U.S.S. Missouri, and Pearl Harbor memorials can be seen behind them in the harbor.

They were a lot younger then, spending a big part of their lives fighting America's enemies but not for fame or glory or even a higher rank.

Almost half of the American casualties that morning were aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, Jindrich said. "You'll never forget that, right?"

Numerous stories of the Vets honored today are included in a book published last August called in their own words Augusta Aiken Area World War Two Veterans Remember World War Two.

"My father, during World War II was in the Pacific Theater".

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