Peters Veterans Memorial Commission hosts Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony

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Flanked by six Pearl Harbor veterans, Trump lauded the actions of those who fought and died at the US Navy base in Hawaii, which was attacked by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

"The heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story", said Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift.

World War II veteran Tom Kaiser, 89, and Korean War veteran Stan Gavlick, 86, both of Delray Beach, planned the event at Veterans Memorial Park with the Boynton veterans group.

Mukoyama, a Chicago native of Japanese descent, became the first Asian-American in US history to command an army division in 1986.

"They got up the straits a little ways", he said "We had to quit firing because our troops was up in that area and some of our equipment, but the next morning the planes sunk them".

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A handful of World War II veterans gave short speeches about their time in war and what they remember from Pearl Harbor.

"I'm 100% for my country", said Schimmel.

While the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades.

Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage almost 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and over 300 airplanes. "It's awesome how many people come up and thank me for my service".

The ceremony began with a moment of silence in honor of those who lost their lives. "Along the way, they forged a cultural heritage of resilience that sailors continue to draw upon today".

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Most World War II veterans are gone, but those still here mark the momentous anniversary. "We did that for a month", he said. More than a year after the initial attacks, Bell was sent back to the United States.

Newman continued to read Davis' memories saying Davis witnessed the USS Arizona being hit repeatedly and knew it would not survive.

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

Japan and the USA became close allies after the war.

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