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Remembering Pearl Harbor 76 years later

08 December 2017

Thursday marked 76 years since the Japanese surprise aerial attack on the USA naval base in Hawaii, which killed more than 2,300 servicemen.

Also, Bluegrass Honor Flight and Mission BBQ teamed up to announce a special honor flight for D-Day, June 6, 2018.

The Corpus Christi Veterans band, Mary Carroll High School NJROTC, and the Corpus Christi Fire Department Pipes and drums will be featured during the ceremony.

Numerous guest speakers spoke about the importance of remembering events such as Pearl Harbor.

Lawson was stationed at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day but was on the other side of the island during the attack.

Many of those memories have faded, he admitted Thursday at the Tippecanoe County Veterans Council Pearl Harbor Day Observance.

The veterans took advantage of the event to discuss a future without conflict.

"It was an all-hands call, but we were able to set everything up in about 20 minutes", Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Ingram said.

It was quite a surprise for one man who wasn't actively searching for answers.

Ganitch, who was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in August 1941, sang "Remember Pearl Harbor", a 1942 tribute to the service members who lost their lives during the attack, written by American big-band songwriters Sammy Kaye and Don Reid.

Almost half of the American casualties that morning were aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, Jindrich said.

"Instead, they redoubled their efforts to break the Imperial Navy's code to anticipate the adversary's next move", Swift said.

Labranche said preserving people's legacies is what drives the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony.

"Father Time is ticking forward and we have fewer and fewer Pearl Harbor survivors participating in these events", organizer Chris Cleaver said. Against the backdrop of the Trump administration's travel ban targeting travelers from mostly Muslim-majority countries, World War II-era propaganda and signs remind us what happens when an entire group of people is scapegoated during a time of conflict.

On Thursday, a remembrance ceremony was held at Riehle Plaza in Lafayette.

Remembering Pearl Harbor 76 years later