'STARS & STRIPES PROUDLY SALUTES 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR BOMBING'
`IN GOD WE MUST TRUST`!---`Dec.07.2013`---
'Stars and Stripes Proudly Salutes
`The 72nd Anniversary`
`Bombing of Pearl Harbor
on Dec. 07, 1941`
'Pearl Harbor Ceremony Marks Bombing
of `72nd Anniversary'
AP Photo: Marco Garcia
Pearl Harbor survivors watch a vintage WWII airplane fly over Pearl Harbor at the ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 2013, in Honolulu.
Source: By Audrey McAvoy of Associated Press
Thousands gathered on the 72nd anniversary of the attack that pulled the US into World War II.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.
The crowd observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago.
A vintage World War II-era airplane — a 1944 North American SNJ-5B — flew overhead to break the silence. The Hawaii Air National Guard has used its fighter jets and helicopters to perform the flyover for many years, but federal budget cuts prevented it from
participating this year.
About 50 survivors returned to Pearl Harbor
for the ceremony.
"I come back to be with my comrades — meet the ones who are still alive, and we're going fast," said Delton Walling, who was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania
at the time of the attack.
Pearl Harbor: The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.AP Photo: File
The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
The Navy and National Park Service co-hosted the ceremony, which was open to the public. Their theme for the event, "Sound the Alarm," explores how Americans answered a call to duty in the wake of the attack.
The current U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., said the U.S. remembers the warning from those who survived.
"We remember Pearl Harbor, we are vigilant, and we are ready to fight tonight and win," Harris said. "Not only are we poised to respond to the first notes of the alarm bell, we are also doing everything possible to keep those alarms from sounding in the first place."
Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia will deliver the keynote address.
The Vietnam War veteran is currently secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, which is responsible for managing overseas cemeteries
for fallen American troops.
Later in the day, Pearl Harbor survivors will join military and government officials in a parade through Waikiki.
``GOD BLESS AMERICA, ALL VETERANS, TROOPS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES!
"Dedicated by author of Stars&Stripes
To All Families Of Fallen Heroes Throughout History!"
"God Bless Us One and All!
'In God We Trust!
Stars and Stripes
Forever May They Wave!
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