In Boynton, veterans promise to 'never forget' 1941 Pearl Harbor attack

At National World War II Memorial, veterans remember the day it all started

On the early morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii, claiming the lives of over 2,400 Americans.

In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes 'we can build up the military again'.

"I was only 16 on that day but two years later I went into the Navy, served in the amphibious forces", said Richard Craig, a World War II vet stationed in the Pacific. Boynton resident Michael Metcalf died at 22 on April 22, 2012, when the U.S. Army soldier rushed to rescue his comrades in Afghanistan and drove over a bomb.

"We honor you today, and every day, even though 76 years have gone by", Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Ureña told the survivors.

A wreath was dropped from a footbridge into the Kenduskeag River Thursday as veterans and community member came together to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

"I wish sometimes that I could live down here", said retired Senior Master Sgt. Harry Allen about the monument.

"Pearl Harbor was an attack on our sovereign land, and a provocative attack". The moment was timed for 7:55 a.m. - the same time the attack began.

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The club's staff and other veterans are keeping that tradition alive by paying tribute to those who served on that fateful day.

They were a lot younger then, spending a big part of their lives fighting America's enemies but not for fame or glory or even a higher rank. "They are inspired by it and it's 20 or 30 degrees out here and snowing today".

More than 2,300 servicemen died in the attack.

The event was orchestrated by the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Navy Memorial Foundation. Most of the Arizona's fallen are entombed in the battleship, which lies at the bottom of the harbor.

A special remembrance event was held at the State Capitol to honor Pennsylvania survivors of the attack and their families.

In all, the attack claimed 3,581 American casualties, consisting of 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded, as well as 19 US ships and 328 USA aircraft damaged or destroyed, according to the National WWII Museum. Soon after, the US was fully involved in World War II.

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