Remembering Pearl Harbor: Ceremony marks anniversary of 1941 attack

BY Sam Weber  December 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM EST


The USS Arizona burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Credit: U.S. National Archives

World War II veterans and survivors were among the estimated 3,000 people gathered on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

At 7:55 a.m. local time, a moment of silence opened the solemn ceremony marking the exact time the attack began 72 years ago, which killed nearly 2,400 service members. A Navy destroyer will pass by to honor the USS Arizona and its crew, the hull of which still lies in the harbor.

Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, a Vietnam veteran and current secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony.

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