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102-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran hopes history is not forgotten

08 December 2017

Usually, a Navy vessel with sailors manning the rails passes by the USS Arizona Memorial during the event.

Now 76 years later, 95-year-old Pasiak helped lay a wreath during Lackawanna County's Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony and helped those here and now you learn more about that day.

President Trump appeared with World War II veterans at the White House on Thursday as he signed a proclamation declaring it national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The ceremony customarily began with the USS Arizona ship's bell being rung at exactly 07:55, followed by a moment of silence to commemorate the beginning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and honoring those who courageously fought and died that day.

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Ganitch later broke out into song, delivering a rendition of "Remember Pearl Harbor". "When I come by here frequently, I'll see people here paying homage to those 50 names". One wonders how long before December 7, 1941, takes its place in the ranks of the rarely remember dates such as April 19, 1775, July 1, 2, 3, 1863, or February 15, 1898.

"This is what it's all about", said Wetzel, a South Milwaukee resident.

The ceremony ended with a rifle salute performed by a U.S. Marine Corps rifle detail, the playing of Echo Taps by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, and a vintage 1940s Globe Swift plane fly-by. Pearl Harbor is a USA naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, and the scene of that devastating surprise attack. "They weren't ready for it".

Jindrich held out the United States and its military as the most humane country and troops the world has ever known. "That's why our folks volunteer to join our military, so we can continue having freedom".

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Vietnam War Navy veteran Virgil Johnson, right, and his wife, Marilyn, at Pearl Harbor. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Henderson High School at the time.

But the country bounced back, Haney said, and the events at Pearl Harbor remain a reminder of the importance of preparedness and vigilance.

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. He died in 2002.

Valentine retired from the US Navy with the rank of chief petty officer.

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102-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran hopes history is not forgotten