Weekly Feature

2018-11-29 / Local News

Pearl Harbor to be remembered Dec. 7

On the quiet morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched an attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

More than 2,400 military personnel and civilians were killed and 1,178 were wounded in the bombing raid, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt declaring Dec. 7 “a date which will live in infamy.”

In addition to the human toll, the Japanese attack sank or severely damaged 18 ships, including eight battleships, three light cruisers and three destroyers. On the airfields around Pearl Harbor, the Japanese destroyed 161 American planes and seriously damaged 102 aircraft.

American Legion Post 735 will host its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Service at noon, Friday, Dec. 7, at the new West Seneca community center gymnasium.

Legion members and members of all West Seneca veterans organizations will pay tribute to all those who died on that date, which plunged the U.S. into World War II.

The guest speaker will be retired Army Staff Sgt. Margaret Quinn.

The service will commence at noon and will honor all of the military personnel who were stationed at the naval base in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by 360 aircraft from carriers of the Japanese Imperial Navy.

The West Seneca Community Center is located at 1300 Union Road, next to West Seneca Town Hall. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided by Spot Coffee immediately following the ceremony.

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