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Pearl Harbor Anniversary Commemorated

National World War II Memorial

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On December 7th, National Capital Regional Director Peggy O’Dell joined Vice Admiral John A. Baldwin, Jr., Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Captain Guy Lee, chaplain for the Naval District, Washington, D.C., and the Armed Forces Color Guard, Military District of Washington at the World War II Memorial to honor those veterans who served and lost their lives 69 years ago when the Japanese Air Force invaded Pearl Harbor.

Approximately 100 persons braved 30-degree temperatures and sustained winds over 25 mph to show their honor and dedication to those veterans who gave their lives in the surprise attack which ultimately led to the United States’ entry into World War II.  

Following the speakers’ remarks, a formal wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Freedom Wall, with wreaths from the United States of America, National Park Service, Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Military Forces of the United States, and Pearl Harbor Survivors.  Civic floral tributes will follow with the sounding of "taps" to conclude the program.

The World War II Memorial celebrates a generation of Americans who emerged from the Depression to fight and win the most devastating and all-encompassing war ever. The events in Pearl Harbor led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.  This ceremony will pay special recognition to all soldiers and sailors who served and lost their lives on that day of infamy, 69 years ago.


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