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Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans remember attack

Thursday, January 8, 2004

"Every year on the 7th of December, people across the country remember Pearl Harbor and all the people killed and wounded early on that Sunday morning in 1941, before most people had finished breakfast. Such a disaster should never be forgotten, and as veterans and friends and families of those who were there, we won't forget," said Nelson Gatewood, of VFW Post 4772.

Every year members of all area veterans organizations along with friends and families meet on the Hardy bridge at 11 a.m. for a short ceremony to honor those who died and those who survived the raid on Pearl Harbor. This year the VFW Post 4772-sponsored event had two Pearl Harbor survivors, Roy Moody of Evening Shade and Buck Lucas of Cherokee Village, who dropped the ceremonial wreath into the Spring River in memory of those killed that Sunday morning, Gatewood said.

During the ceremony Denise Gibbons sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the firing squad -- members of VFW 4772, American Legion 346 and DAV 55 -- fired a 21-gun salute. The ceremony closed with the playing of Taps and a prayer by the Rev. Ron Durham.



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