A Date Which Will Live in Infamy: The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

 

Staff Writer: Heather Abler

December 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. Americans suffered a horrific loss of service men and citizens as a result of the unexpected air raid, a total of 2,403. The attack started at nearly 8 a.m., and 21 ships and 300 aircraft were sunk or nearly destroyed.

An estimated 4,000 people will be at the remembrance ceremony at Pearl Harbor, reflecting on the events of that day, and how it affected them and their daily lives. A moment of silence will be held to signify the Japanese fighter planes firing at their first target in the harbor. The Japanese prime minister unfortunately can’t make it to this anniversary, however, he will travel to Pearl Harbor at the end of the month with President Obama.heather-1

 

(When the Japanese fighter planes attacked) Photo Credit: Emily Boswell

One special man in attendance of the Pearl Harbor ceremony is Ray Chavez, a 104-year-old man who still remembers everything that he encountered on that horrific day. He has been going to a gym regularly, despite his age, and eventually was cleared healthy enough for the 6-hour flight to Pearl Harbor. He also stated that he would like to go to the 80th anniversary, “If I can walk, I’ll go.”heather-2

(Ray Chavez with girls welcoming him to Hawaii) Photo Credit: Emily Boswell

Many students at Woodstock High School have family that are serving actively in the armed forces, one being freshman Chloe O’hara. Her brother, Keegan, graduated Woodstock class of 2016, and is currently at military training in Chicago. When asked about her thoughts on Pearl Harbor, she responded with, “The Pearl Harbor tragedy does worry me for my brother. A lot of things with him being in the navy and having being set on a ship most of the time sets a little more fear in my mind for him and his well-being.”

 

Pearl Harbor, as stated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, truly is “A date which will live in infamy.” As the years pass, we hope the ceremonies are more and more extravagant, and the awareness about Pearl Harbor keeps growing strong.

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