Pearl Harbor Day: Leon Panetta commemorates 70th anniversary


USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor." December 7, 1941.


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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday at a wreath-laying at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.

In Hawaii, there will be a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. (12:55 EST) in memoriam of the 2,390 Americans who died when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

About 3,000 guests are expected at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for a ceremony, including 120 survivors of the attack, NPR reported.

According to the Star Adviser in Hawaii:

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will render honors to the Arizona and blow its whistle at the start of a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the same time 70 years ago the first Japanese planes began to attack.

According to Politico, speaking to survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack earlier, Panetta said:

“I know you take great pride, as I do, that your legacy lives on in today’s men and women in uniform, who have borne the burden of a decade of war and who are truly this nation’s next greatest generation. The 9/11 generation, like you, has stepped forward in your image of service and sacrifice, volunteering for military duty after another sudden and terrible attack on our shores." 

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