Pearl Harbor attack remembered, reflected upon

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The anniversary remembers the estimated 2,403 Americans who were killed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The attack, which killed 2,402 Americans, injured another 1,282, and destroyed 188 US aircraft and six ships, led directly to the American entry into World War II, with war being declared on Japan the following day.

The United States and Japan became allies after World War II. We are fortunate to have residents such as Richard Cullison, a current Stillwater and former Cushing resident who was present at Pearl Harbor.

American Legion Post 735 will host its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Service at noon, Thursday, Dec. 7, to pay tribute to all those who died on that date that plunged the United States into World War II.

Upon gaining knowledge of the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the event as "a day that will live in infamy". People are remembering the sacrifice of the servicemen that day.

Even though the war with Japan ended on September 2, 1945, the memories of that awful war and all those who took part are still remembered and will be for generations to come.