Pearl Harbor remembered at solemn Bradley Point ceremony

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There was a touching tribute to survivors of Pearl Harbor at the state Capitol on Thursday.

Thursday's commemoration ceremony at Pearl Harbor will be open to the public.

Every year right before Pearl Harbor Day, our high school choir would start practicing Sammy Kaye's "Let's Remember Pearl Harbor", which all of us would proudly bellow out.

Lawmakers and the Naval Supply Systems Command honored three survivors from the Keystone State: Isaac George, Richard Schimmel, and Pat Bonnelli.

The ceremony will honor those who died in the attack.

Labranche said preserving people's legacies is what drives the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony.

"The attack on Pearl Harbor is known as the catalyst of the navy entering World War II", added Wright.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were US training exercises.

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Then a fighter plane painting with Japan's World War II Rising Sun insignia strafed the Camp Makaole base where Elfring, 19 at the time, was serving.

"It was a day I will never forget", Beaudreau said of December 7, 1941, when he was an aviation chief machinist's mate on the USS West Virginia. "I'm 100% for my country", said Schimmel. "I think of my friends who aren't here", said Schimmel.

"Instead of retreating from the fight, America's Pacific Fleet dug in its heels", Swift said. "They are inspired by it and it's 20 or 30 degrees out here and snowing today".

He cited an editorial from a Hawaiian newspaper that said an attack would come days before it did. Lt. F.H. White too mentioned that "Doris Miller, mess attendant, second class, U.S. Navy, was instrumental in hauling people along through oil and water to the quarterdeck, thereby unquestionably saving the lives of a number of people who might otherwise have been lost".

On Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans look back on the tragedy that changed the lives of so many citizens.

A bugler played taps to bring the service to a close.

"We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought". We'd shoot up whatever guns we had (at the attacking aircraft), but they didn't do no good.

"Each year, we remember this date, but what's happening as we all get older, ... we're starting to lose the memory of this event", Jindrich said.