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Pearl Harbor Day remembered, survivors are few

by Jorge Hernandez on December 7, 2010

On Tuesday the United States commemorated the 69th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Notably fewer survivors were present at the naval base to deliver their first-hand accounts.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, roughly 100 survivors traveled from all over the country to the ceremony in Hawaii, the youngest of whom are in their late '80s.

The ceremony is set to take place at a new visitor center near the memorial that sits on top of the sunken USS Arizona, upon which half the 2,390 casualties were killed and still rest to this day. Later in the afternoon, the visitors will take a boat out to the old memorial, reports the news source.

In Washington, D.C., there is to be a free, public wreath-laying ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial, followed by an event at 1:53 p.m., the exact time of the attack, honoring the survivors at the National World War II Memorial, according to the Washington Post.

Rear Admiral Kleber S. Masterson, Jr., who was on shore during the attack and watched his father die on the sinking USS Arizona, is set to speak at the wreath ceremony, reports the news source.

"The deadly attack on Pearl Harbor did not accomplish its mission of breaking the American spirit. Instead, it reinforced our resolve. Americans responded with unity and courage to a tragedy that President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy," said president Barack Obama in a statement, encouraging Americans to honor the lives lost by flying their flags at half-mast.

A total of over 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded in the Pearl Harbor Attack.

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