Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Americans across the United States are holding ceremonies Tuesday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

On December 7, 1941, Japanese aircraft attacked the base just before 8 a.m., Hawaii time. The attack killed more than 2,400 Americans, sank five battleships and drew the United States into World War II.

At the same time as the Hawaii ceremony, the National Park Service in Washington held a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

ALBANY – On the 69th anniversary of the day that will live in infamy, local survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor were honored during a memorial observance at the J.E. Zaloga Post American Legion.

More than 2,400 people lost their lives in the Japanese attack, which launched the United States’ involvement in World War II.

Touching upon the American military’s continued involvement in conflicts across the globe, Breslin said the passion and fortitude that the attack survivors displayed would continue to inspire our country’s people, and those who serve on their behalf.

"Though the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor left America stung, it never diminished our resolve to fight for freedom," he said.

The three elderly men braving the bitter cold to mark the 69th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Tuesday clearly illustrated how time has ravaged the ranks of the survivors.

Simmons was 20 when the Japanese launched the surprise attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II. Fruchter said Pearl Harbor should remain a reminder that America needs to be vigilant about threats from abroad.


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