Remembering Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:20pm

Survivors look back on 70th anniversary of attack.

A military fly-over in the missing man formation followed by a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m.
marked the moment the attacks began at Pearl Harbor 70 years ago.

The presentation of colors and the national anthem helped commemorate the Japanese surprise attack on December 7, 1941.

More than 2,400 died that day.

Now, 70 years later some 3,000 thousand people came to remember, including more than 100 survivors.

Among them was 88 year-old Mal Middlesworth, who gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

He was just 18 at the time of the attack and remembers it like it was yesterday.

"The day of infamy united our country as never before," he said. "The country responded with this slogan: Remember Pearl Harbor."

Middlesworth and the other survivors are now in their late 80s and early 90s.

For many this may be their last journey to Pearl Harbor, a piece of living history that will eventually be gone but the memories of that fateful day will forever live on in American history.

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