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Pearl Har­bor bomb­ing re­mem­bered

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Zach Sr­nis zs­r­[email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_ZachSr­nis on Twit­ter

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.”

On­line: Sur­vivors gather at Pearl Har­bor to re­mem­ber lives lost. MORN­INGJOUR­NAL.COM/ NA­TION-WORD

ZACHARY SR­NIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Jim Cher­ven, a mem­ber of Amer­i­can Vet Post 47, plays taps dur­ing the Dec. 7 Pearl Har­bor cer­e­mony.

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