Posted by: arbeam | December 8, 2014

Keyport Pearl Harbor Day Rememberence

 

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) — More than 150 people attended the 21st annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum Jack Murdock Auditorium in Keyport, Wash. Dec. 7.

In addition to active duty members, four Pearl Harbor survivors attended with their family members along with widows of deceased survivors and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2995.

Capt. Dave Kohnke, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) commander, Keyport led the day’s events as the master of ceremonies. During his remarks, he spoke of the importance of not only honoring those who survived, but the more than 2,000 people who lost their lives Dec. 7, 1941 as well as the families that were forever changed on that fateful day.

“The spouses and families of Pearl Harbor have their own memories,” said Kohnke. “They too, have had, and some continue to experience, mental as well as physical pain. As we honor the fallen, we must honor those who remain.”

To begin the ceremony, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lake Washington Post 2995 honor guard, paraded the colors while Sailors assigned to Navy Band Northwest played the national anthem.

Following the opening remarks, a presentation was given on the attacks, which devastated the island and brought America into World War II.

“My father often spoke about friends who died at Pearl Harbor,” said Morgan Wilson, a ceremony attendee. “He would always attend the remembrance ceremonies, and though he passed away last year I still come to continue to honor those lost that day as well him.”

Wilson went on to express the importance of honoring the survivors while it’s still possible.

“As bad as it may sound, we won’t have Pearl Harbor survivors for much longer,” said Wilson. “For me they are the very best of what many refer to as the greatest generation, and everyone owes them so very much. The least we can do is remember.”

During the ceremony, survivors of Pearl Harbor shared testimonials of their experience on the day of the attack

“At 95 I don’t have a lot of time left and to be here and seeing my fellow shipmates makes me happy,” said Roy Carter, a 20-year veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor assigned to USS Oklahoma. “I am very glad to see so many people show up. It was nice, really.”

After the ceremony, the survivors gathered for photos and received thanks from members in attendance.

Navy News article by Jamie Hawkins

 

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