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2017-12-07 / Local News

Post 735 to remember attack on Pearl Harbor

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 tragic 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.

Each year the number of survivors from that surprise attack on Pearl Harbor grows smaller, but their courage and determination to fight must never be forgotten.

American Legion Post 735 will host its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Service at noon, Thursday, Dec. 7, to pay tribute to all those who died on that date that plunged the United States into World War II.

The guest speaker will be retired Coast Guard Capt. Brian W. Roche, the executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

The service 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.

Refreshments and chili will be served immediately following the ceremony.

American Legion Post 735 is located at 35 Legion Parkway in West Seneca.

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