Brackenridge Pearl Harbor service honors those who endured day of 'infamy'

Brackenridge Pearl Harbor service honors those who endured day of 'infamy'

Local survivors will also be honored.

"Those were the saddest people I've ever seen in my life", said Bell.

Lehr, whose father served aboard the destroyer USS Monaghan, was accompanied by Florence Stoeber, wife of the late Jack Stoeber, a Navy vet of Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima who was a regular at West Haven's Pearl Harbor rites for many years.

He is able to recall that morning 76 years ago, saying he along with others were asleep when what they thought were gunshots abruptly awakened them.

Flags across our area are at half-staff on Thursday in honor of the troopers who died at Pearl Harbor.

"(The planes) came so close and so low that I took out one plane myself and one crash landed and exploded just across the street from me", read Newman.

Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were USA training exercises.

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As part of that remembrance, several veterans of World War II were honored at Mission BBQ in St. Matthews with a free lunch.

"This is something we do every year", said Allan Labranche, vice president of AMVET Post 47.

He went on to say, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory".

It was quite a surprise for one man who wasn't actively searching for answers.

An active U.S. Navy pilot based at Lockheed Martin was in attendance to show his support of those service members at Pearl Harbor.

The ceremony featured a 21-gun salute, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, prayer, playing of "Taps", the ceremonial tossing of the wreath into the Black River and the presenting of the colors by the Lorain High School Army JROTC.

The USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship will sponsor a special event for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 9, 1700-2359 UTC, from NI6IW in San Diego, California. "We always have to continue to observe them and honor them and appreciate everything they've done", said Andrews.

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