Reflections on Pearl
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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In this Dec. 7, 1941, file photo, a small boat rescues a crew member from the water as heavy smoke rolls out of the stricken USS West Virginia after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center.  The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II.  AP file photo
In this Dec. 7, 1941, file photo, a small boat rescues a crew member from the water as heavy smoke rolls out of the stricken USS West Virginia after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II. AP file photo
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598 will host a remembrance of Pearl Harbor event on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will mark the eighth year the observance has been held locally, according to organizer Bill Norwood.

“Our main purpose here is to make sure that Pearl Harbor is not forgotten,” Norwood said.

Local resident and Pearl Harbor survivor George Allen will be an honored guest at the event.

Allen was stationed at Pearl Harbor with the U.S. Army. He survived the surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, without injury. He went on to serve in Pacific Theater campaigns in the Philippines, Australia and New Guinea. Allen has served as guest speaker for the remembrance event in the past.

Past speakers have also included Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth will be this year’s guest speaker.

Norwood said the organization chooses someone who is well known in the community and has shown support for veterans’ issues to speak each year.

“We have a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. He is a very, very, very close friend of mine and that inspires me to see that this is an event,” Norwood said. “My main thought here is just to remind people that this actually happened, and how devastating it was.”

Norwood said he encourages the public to attend to honor “the sacrifices that the brave Americans endured and those who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.”

He said young people today would not know about the historic attack that pulled the United States into World War II unless there are events like this.

Norwood said patriotism should be emphasized more in today’s society.

“Show that you care by attending this remembrance ceremony,” Norwood said.

The VFW Post 2598 is located at 3370 North Ocoee St.