Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pearl Harbor attack remembered in Washington

A memorial service was held at the National World War II Memorial in Washington to honor the dead in the Japanese bombing on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago.

Two survivors of the Japanese attack and some other U.S. veterans, including Frank Levingston, 110, reportedly the oldest U.S. living World War II veteran, attended the ceremony.

"We were attacked yesterday on Pearl Harbor..." the ceremony began with the playing of a radio news broadcasting 74 years ago.

"On the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the souls of 74 years ago, we salute those respond with strength and courage and service," a host told over 300 people.

After laying a wreath in front of the wall of stars, one of the survivor said, "I am honored to be here, to be the luckiest one here."

About 2,400 U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers were killed by Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor and other military installations on the island of Oahu in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, which dragged the United States into WWII.

Also on Monday, A few dozen survivors were gathered at the Pearl Harbor site in Hawaii to remember fellow servicemen. 

 Xinhua -china.org.cn

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