Aged US military veterans who survived the Japanese raid that brought US into World War II, marked the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Monday.
In 1941 December, 2,390 American sailors and soldiers were killed on Oahu island of Hawaii over Japan’s air and naval operation that US President Franklin Roosevelt said ‘’will live in infamy.’’ The next day, the United States declared war on Japan.
Nearly half of the sailors who died at Pearl Harbor were from Arizona US Navy. 1,177 of its 1,400 member perished during the Japanese air strike.
Harry Harris, the top US military commander in the Pacific, said the day “must forever remain burned into the American consciousness.”
“For 74 years, we’ve remembered Pearl Harbor. We’ve remained vigilant. And today’s armed forces are ready to answer the alarm bell,” said Harris, who leads the US Pacific Command.
Also America's oldest-living veteran, former army private Frank Levingston, has participated the ceremony at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument which was built to honor several aspects of American engagement in WW II.
According to Eileen Martinez, chief of interpretation for the USS Arizona Memorial, about 2,000 to 2,500 Pearl Harbor survivors were believed to be still alive until two years ago.