DATE THAT LIVES ON
Pearl Harbor bombing remembered
Local U.S. military veterans and community members gathered Dec. 7 at Black River Landing, 221 Black River Lane in Lorain, to honor those who lost their lives 77 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“Here we are, all these years later, honoring our fallen comrades,” said Don Attie, member of the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission and U.S. Army veteran. “We want to thank those who served in World War II. They are the reason we have our freedom.”
Attie also took some time to honor a less appreciated group.
“I surely don’t want to leave out our women,” he said. “They were a large reason the country was able to continue while the men went overseas.
“They were in the factories and supporting the war
“We want to thank those who served in World War II. They are the reason we have our freedom.”
— Veteran Don Attie, member of the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission
effort back home. They played a vital role, and we wouldn’t be here today without them.”
Sam Felton, the commanding officer for Disabled Veterans of America Chapter 20 and a Marine Corp veteran, said the day was a good way to remember the attack on the United States.
“It was a good service today; we should’ve had more people show up, but it was good,” Felton said. “It’s always good to take the time, especially on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, to remember those who have put their lives on the line and those who will in the future.”
One of the attendees of the service was Albert Doane, from Amherst, who served in the Navy from 1943-46 and was the only WWII veteran at the service.
“I just remember going over there and the seal work of the building was completely gone,” Doane said. “All that remained from buildings was heavy machinery.
“I never thought something like that would happen. Let’s do what we can to make sure attacks like that don’t happen again.”
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Jim Cherven, a member of American Vet Post 47, plays taps during the Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor ceremony.