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“Let’s remember Pearl Harbor and go on to victory.”
Those lyrics were popular in 1942 in a patriotic song by Don Reid called, “Remember Pearl Harbor.” And although 67 years have passed since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, Americans still remember.
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station never forgets the event that brought the U.S. into World War II and will pay homage to victims of the attack this Friday.
NAS Whidbey will join Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, North Cascades Chapter 5, to honor those killed on Dec. 7, 1941 in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at the Crescent Harbor Marina on the Seaplane Base.
Speaking at the observance will be Capt. Theodore J. Lucas, Commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One; Cmdr. Joseph DiGuardo, Commanding Officer, EODMU 11; and Jim Stansell, President, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, North Cascades Chapter 5.
In remembrance of the 2,403 U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and civilian men and women who died 67 years ago, survivors will place a wreath into the waters of Crescent Harbor.
To further remember what President Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” the PBY Memorial foundation will hold its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the CPO Club. Hear and experience the historic events as they happened from the survivors. No host luncheon.