3 today marks the 77th anniversary of the attack that brought the united states into world war ii.pearl harbor observance day is honored annually by the tippecanoe county veterans council.we're featuring some of those who attended this year and remembering those who couldn't.
3< kayla: this is lawson close celebrating his 102nd birthday last year.
He was a navy veteran who served at pearl harbor 77 years ago.
Though he is no longer with us, his sacrifice isn't forgotten.
David: "i wanted to remember him and his presence and his service to our country in pearl harbor,"kayla: u.s. navy cpt.david a.
Bretz was the guest speaker today.gun shots the event was complete with the playing of tapstapsand a floral tribute.george hooker: "i was only 11 years pearl harb happened,"kayla: those in attendance remember what they can.hooker: "we've got to keep memories alive, but we don't seem to have too many any more,"kayla: tippecanoe county veterans council president tim hilton says we don't have very many pearl harbor veterans left.we need to take advantage of first-hand experience of this event while we still have it.
Hilton: "thestory that they lived through and what happened to them because like i said, it's one of the most important events in u.s. history.kayla: while stationed in hawaii in the late 60s... hilton was constantly reminded of what happened there.hilton: "the had at our base still had the bullet holes.
They left those in the concrete,"kayla: on the 70th anniversary of pearl harbor, hilton and several others from the lafayette navy club went back to be honored for the national group's fundraising efforts to build a memorial there.hilton: "we sold these coins and cards for two dollars."kayla: it's a cause near and dear to him and on december 7th he encourages others to take note.hilton: "there was 24- hundred men and women killed that day of various members of various services and civilians and we're just thanking them for the ultimate sacrifice they gave,"> 3 the following day, december 8, 1941, the united states declared war on japan.