Veterans remember Pearl Harbor with wreath ceremony in Bangor

Veterans remember Pearl Harbor with wreath ceremony in Bangor

It was called the, "Day that will live in infamy".

Ceremonies to honor Pearl Harbor take place annually at various naval bases and ships around the world.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor not only marked a turning point in America's role in World War II, but also helped catalyze rampant anti-Japanese sentiment across the country.

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

He went on to say, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory".

The ceremony will honor those who died in the attack.

"I'm still in awe of what our country did in the following four years from that date", he said.

Veterans remember Pearl Harbor with wreath ceremony in Bangor
Veterans remember Pearl Harbor with wreath ceremony in Bangor

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

America's experience at Pearl Harbor reminds us we can not be trapped by our most recent historical events - that the heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story, the admiral said. "And due to their extraordinary devotion to duty, the United States is stronger than ever before". Two days later, Germany declared war on the United States, bring American into a two-front world war that lasted more than three years. "Especially this time of year".

At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor.

In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed almost 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes.

Those whose eyes watched as Japanese planes swarmed Pearl Harbor 76 years ago Thursday grow scarcer with each passing year, but Lawson Close remembers.

"Hearing the alarm, you report for your battle station immediately, in whatever you are wearing", Ganitch, now living in Alameda, California, recounted to Saluting Military Recruits when he was honored by the San Francisco Bay Area veterans organization in June.

"We had a war to fight", Ganitch responded before kneeling to mimic his best football move - and repeating the move at Trump's request.


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