Valdosta World War II vet remembers Pearl Harbor

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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base, which killed more than 2,400 people.

Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke directly to the World War II veterans, thanking them for the sacrifices they made in the past, forging a cultural heritage of resilience that Sailors continue to draw from today. The U.S.S. Missouri, and Pearl Harbor memorials can be seen behind them in the harbor.

"That's when we declared war", said Louis Thomas with the Historic Memorial Aviation Museum.

The saying is "remember Pearl Harbor" but for these area Veterans, how could they ever forget it changed their lives. "Because of this action, USS Vestal and the vast majority of its crew members, plus some Arizona survivors, lived to fight another day".

"I'm not playing him in football", Trump said.

Rep. Shine closed out his speech at the event with the Patriot's Prayer, asking that God Bless our nation, service members and veterans.

While the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades.

Creasey was joined by speakers such as Park Ranger Bill Casey, who spoke of Commander Cassin Young's life-saving actions aboard the USS Vestal on December 7, 1941, and the hero's grandson, Cassin Young II.

The club's staff and other veterans are keeping that tradition alive by paying tribute to those who served on that fateful day.

The event was orchestrated by the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Navy Memorial Foundation.

Paul Harless was already in the service at the time of Pearl Harbor, he started out on Roosevelt's yacht, the Potomac, but he soon saw more action. "We did that for a month", he said. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The attack launched the United States into World War II.

On Thursday, a remembrance ceremony was held at Riehle Plaza in Lafayette. "We honor you 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". Soon after, the US was fully involved in World War II.