Veterans mark 75 years since Pearl Harbor bombing

By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor

Thursday, Dec. 7, is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces in 1941. Despite the years that have passed, the date remains an important event in the chronicles of war.
While many American sailors died that day in the territory of Hawaii and the U.S. was forced to declare war, many of the family and friends of those lost are also gone. Despite that, the more than 2,300 men and women who lost their lives serving their country will be remembered at the Yellowstone National Cemetery on Buffalo Trail Rd., north of Laurel next Thursday, Dec. 7, beginning at noon.
In addition to the many casualties, the attack completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona and capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma. The aerial attack sank or beached 12 ships and damaged nine others. Over 300 aircraft were also destroyed or damaged in the surprise attack.
Most Americans got the news from radio stations which interrupted regular programming to announce the tragic news. Most adults listening knew the attack meant war, even before President Roosevelt made it official in his announcement the next day, when he called Dec. 7, “a date which will live in infamy.”
The ceremony at the Yellowstone Veteran’s Cemetery will honor Pearl Harbor veterans and recognize the 189 veterans of WWII buried there.
Members of the Friends of the Cemetery will open the ceremony at noon with a welcome to attendees. That will be followed by a color guard and opening prayer. The speaker will be Sue Gillespie. Following her remarks will be the recognition, the placing of a wreath, the volley and Taps, followed by a closing prayer.

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