Trump Honors Pearl Harbor Survivors at the White House
Dec 08 2017 by Desiree Burns
He compared the Pearl Harbor attack to 9/11. "I guess that is true if just doing your job entails 15 Medals of Honor and 51 Navy Crosses being awarded - many posthumously - [and] all of which highlights the valor displayed that morning 76 years ago today".
Among the veterans at the event was 102-year-old Clarence Lawson.
He's attended the Pearl Harbor remembrance hosted by Fleet Reserve Branch 290 each of the last seven years, but he said this year was the best he's ever been to.
Lawmakers and the Naval Supply Systems Command honored three survivors from the Keystone State: Isaac George, Richard Schimmel, and Pat Bonnelli.
"Although appearing modest, this ceremony is performed each year, normally by survivors, as a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms", said Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Covington, Command Master Chief of JEB Little Creek-Fort Story. McCloud, who served on board a destroyer, was not at Pearl Harbor, but he did serve during the war.
A ceremony commemorating one of the most-notable dates in USA history - Pearl Harbor Day - is taking place Thursday, when vintage aircraft from the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale will drop roses over the Statue of Liberty.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on December 8, the day after the crushing attack on Pearl Harbor.
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At the White House ceremony, Trump described Parry and his comrades as heroes and praised them as the first Americans to fight back in World War II. "We always have to continue to observe them and honor them and appreciate everything they've done", said Andrews.
It was called the, "Day that will live in infamy". He said the attack was a "bad mistake of misjudging" America.
More than 2,400 lives were lost when the Japanese attacked.
A wreath was dropped from a footbridge into the Kenduskeag River Thursday as veterans and community member came together to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
"Hearing the alarm, you report for your battle station immediately, in whatever you are wearing", Ganitch, now living in Alameda, California, recounted to Saluting Military Recruits when he was honored by the San Francisco Bay Area veterans organization in June.
"Instead, they redoubled their efforts to break the Imperial Navy's code to anticipate the adversary's next move", Swift said.