MANCHESTER, NH – Clear but windy skies prevailed Sunday, as about 50 people gathered at Arms Park to remember those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor, 73 years ago.
Cole Humber was practicing his flag-unfurling skills in the windy Arms Park parking lot, where he and his fellow U.S. Naval Sea Cadets – brothers Daniel and Andrew Browne, Justin Hoprich and Adam Smeltzer – were preparing to join in Manchester’s annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony.
It was the first time the Londonderry cadets participated in the Manchester memorial service, which included the presenting of the flag, the laying of the memorial wreath in the Merrimack River by two West High School ROTC cadets, the playing of “Taps,” and a 15-gun salute.
“A Day Which Will Live in Infamy”
On Dec. 7, 1941 hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. Thousands of American soldiers and sailors died and many more were left wounded. On December 8, Congress approved President Roosevelt’s declaration of war. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy declared war against the United States.
You can read more here on the attack, which led the U.S. into WWII, at History.com.
A prayer was offered for those who died at Pearl Harbor and their loved ones, and for the safe return of all those currently serving in the military, especially those who hope to be home by Christmas.
Also joining in the memorial service were American Legion Sweeney Post #2; American Legion Manchester Post #79; Vietnam Veterans of America, NH Chapter #41, members of the Manchester VFW Post 8214, and NH ROTC from West High School.