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    HONOLULU (AP) — With an eye on the immediate aftermath of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, thousands of World War II veterans and other observers are expected on Sunday to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the devastating Japanese military raid.

    The theme of the event — "Pacific War Memories: The Heroic Response to Pearl Harbor" — is something of a departure from the past.

    Usually, the commemoration focuses on the attack on the USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor and several other installations on Oahu. But this year's remembrance ceremony will center more on the months following the raid, said Eileen Martinez, chief of interpretation for the National Park Service.

    "We're moving into the Pacific War, the first strike back," she said.

    To that end, one of two keynote speakers will be Thomas Griffin, a surviving member of the pilots and crew who answered the Pearl Harbor attack four months later with an aircraft carrier-launched bomber raid on Tokyo.

    The B-25 mission, led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, inflicted little damage on Japan but boosted morale in America and led the embarrassed Japanese government to launch an ill-fated attack on Midway Island.

    The other keynote address will be delivered by Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

    Sunday's commemoration will feature a performance by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, morning colors, a Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute by the U.S. Marine Corps and a recognition of those who survived the attack.

    At 7:55 a.m., when the attack began 67 years ago, a moment of silence will be observed. The destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will render honors to the USS Arizona, which still lies beneath the harbor with its dead.

    Almost 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others on Dec. 7, 1941. The Arizona, which sank in less than nine minutes after an armor-piercing bomb breached its deck and exploded in the ship's ammunition magazine, lost 1,177 sailors and marines. About 340 of its crew survived.

    Other major installations on Oahu, such as Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked.

    This year's ceremony comes weeks after construction began on a new visitor's center for the USS Arizona Memorial. The existing center, which was built 28 years ago on reclaimed land, is sinking. Officials have said it will be unusable in a few years.

    This year's event will be held a half-mile away at Kilo Pier of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, the site for next year's commemoration as well. The new visitor's center is scheduled to open Dec. 7, 2010.


    The Associated Press: Pearl Harbor commemoration to focus on US response

    please refrain from debating on this thread....i would appreciate a simple rememberance thread. thanks in advance
     

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    December 7, will be burned in my mind for a long time to come.

    Ironic that also happened to be the day we were at the state supreme court here on appeal. We new this did not look good as we consider what December 7, meant to the freedom of America when it was attack on December 7, 1941.

    It blew my mind when the bank's attorney used this phrase that day as a defense to the bank's illegal actions, "Standard banking practices." That phrase was used to justify over 120 evidenced documents that had been altered unilaterally by the bank and excuse the extortion attempts so I would a signature of release excusing them their actions. The phrase "Standard banking practices" was accepted that day so I was bombed by the lawless who own the law.
     
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    I had an "adopted uncle" who survived the attack and was merely wounded. He went on to serve aboard a Destroyer that ironically was based in the Atlantic. I lost touch with him years ago and assume he is deceased. Harold Slusser, US Navy WWII.
     
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    "The Lord is my pilot, I shall not go adrift; He lighteth my passage across dark channels; He steereth me through the deep waters, He keepeth my log. He guideth me by the evening star for my safety's sake. Yea, though I sail mid the thunders and tempest of life, I shall fear no peril for Thou art with me. The vastness of thy sea upholds me. Surely fair winds and safe harbors shall be found all the days of my life; And I shall moor, fast, and secure, forever Amen.

    Rest in peace forever my coutrymen and thank you from my family for your brave sacrifice on that terrible December day. We will NEVER forget you and in my family your memory lives on and deeds will passed on forever. Your bravery has insured that both myself and my family can enjoy the Freedoms that many take for granted and we owe you a debt that is always owed and can never be repaid. Fair Winds, and blue skys, and Godspeed to all of you....

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    Funny thing is, we were an oil exporting country back then and that contributed to the attack as we cut off the Japs from oil so they would stop killing Chinese.

    Their argument, like Hitler's with Russia, was that the USA had conquered the Indians and pushed them out of the way, why couldn't the Japanese do the same to China? Or the German's to Russia?
     
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    The last good war. Reminds me I really must phone my father today to thank him for fighting it for me and my son,

    I wonder if America could galvanize itself into the arsenal of the world today if it needed to?
     

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