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08 December 2017, 01:43 | Israel Caldwell
Pearl Harbor Veteran in His 90s Breaks Out in Song in Front of President Trump
The act prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and to dub December 7 "a date which will live in infamy".
Johnson, wearing a military baseball cap, and Arsenault, in his pin-covered garrison cap, watched as colors were presented, patriotic songs were sung, and several speakers remembered those who served and died at Pearl Harbor decades ago.
Trump last month paid a visit to Hawaii's Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the Arizona before he departed for his first trip to Asia.
It didn't do much then but this survivor continued to fight back, serving in the Pacific throughout World War II then the Korean War. "It's a place to come and remember, not just on Pearl Harbor Day, but anytime".
"Those were the saddest people I've ever seen in my life", said Bell.
At the White House ceremony, Trump described Parry and his comrades as heroes and praised them as the first Americans to fight back in World War II.
"They are slowly fading away, and we are here to keep that memory alive", said Oakman.
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The Henderson War Memorial Foundation believes information wasn't relayed to Pearl Harbor that could have helped defend the raid.
In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes 'we can build up the military again'.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is located near the center of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000 miles from the US mainland and about 4,000 miles from Japan. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officials and members of the public.
"With the declaration of war a wonderful thing happened: The people of the United States of America came together like never before", said Evert Bergquist , 97, who landed on Utah Beach a couple days after D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge.
Across the island and across the United States, Americans were rising to the challenge, he said.
"He went from North Africa to Normandy, through France and into Germany and outside Berlin by the time the war had ended", said Thomas. "And at the war's end, American and Japanese leadership did not remain bound by our former wartime hostilities, but instead chose to forge a new future of reconciliation that has benefitted both of our nations, and indeed the entire Indo-Asia Pacific region, in incalculable ways". We can't forget that.
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