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USS Arizona Survivors Get Aerial Tour ahead of Pearl Harbor's 76th Commemoration

USS Arizona Survivors Get Aerial Tour ahead of Pearl Harbor's 76th Commemoration USS Arizona Survivors Get Aerial Tour ahead of Pearl Harbor's 76th Commemoration
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 01:06

The city observed the 76th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor during its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony December 7 at the William A. Soderman Memorial Flagpole on the Veterans Walk of Honor in Bradley Point Park. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded.

A mix of sailors, veterans and local dignitaries paid their respects to the only survivor of the attack in attendance after a bell rang to announce his arrival.

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.

"I seen the submarine come (into the harbor)", he said.

Lehr, whose father served aboard the destroyer USS Monaghan, was accompanied by Florence Stoeber, wife of the late Jack Stoeber, a Navy vet of Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima who was a regular at West Haven's Pearl Harbor rites for many years.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen joined Heather Mabee (center) and other members of the Daughters of the American Revolution for a memorial ceremony at the Congress Park War Memorial on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

This annual crusade, which grew from the 2012 "Great Lakes Mitten Campaign" encourages people to donate new or slightly used winter clothing to help those in need stay warm this winter.

Additionally, American intelligence officials were confident that any Japanese attack would take place in one of the (relatively) nearby European colonies in the South Pacific: the Dutch East Indies, Singapore or Indochina.

Among the veterans at the event was 102-year-old Clarence Lawson.

At 8 a.m. on December 7th, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

"We honor you today for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor", he said.

The following day, the United States declared war on Japan, effectively beginning our nation's active participation in World War II.

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

"It's one of those things that has always been going on", he said.

"I had just finished breakfast", said Clyde Stephenson, a retired Marine who served aboard the U.S.S. California in Pearl Harbor. "I think of my friends who aren't here", said Schimmel.

There once were 34 Pearl Harbor survivors from the Valley. "Bombs that fell from the sky like rain", said Retired Col. Ralph Newman of the U.S. Army, reading Davis' words at a Pearl Harbor memorial on Thursday.