Scranton veteran who was at Pearl Harbor recalls attack

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A wreath was also dropped into the Wabash River to honor the more than 2,300 Americans who died in the attack.

Newswatch 16 found flags flying low at the federal building, state office building and post office in downtown Scranton. The U.S. became fully involved in the war the day after the Pearl Harbor bombing.

On Pearl Harbor Day, Alston planned to attend a ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg.

The United States was particularly unhappy with Japan's increasingly belligerent attitude toward China.

Labranche said there has been a ceremony for Pearl Harbor for the past 71 years.

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.

"Each year, we remember this date, but what's happening as we all get older, ... we're starting to lose the memory of this event", Jindrich said.

'We had a war to fight, ' Ganitch replied.

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"Every time the bell tolled it really resonated with me that these were real people, real families, and it was just an honor to remember them", said Rachel Hubbard, a junior at Valley Christian. "I look forward to being in Waco on Pearl Harbor Day for the ceremony!"

"In the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the day December 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy", Pasiak said.

He said returning to Pearl Harbor for the anniversary of the attack makes him feel special because he's one of the few remaining survivors.

In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes 'we can build up the military again'. We can't forget that.

"We are a very, very humanitarian country, whether it's in war or in peace", he said.

But we can not - we must not - let their heroism fade from the memories of Americans.

Roosevelt's 10-minute speech, ending with an oath-"So help us God"-was greeted in the House by thunderous applause and stamping of feet".

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