Pearl Harbor Veterans Celebrate Anniversary At Home Amid Pandemic

Annual ceremony on the Hawaiian island of Oahu closed to the public this year

Monday marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Survivors celebrate her at home this year as most public events have been canceled in the US due to the pandemic..
In past years, thousands of people attended ceremonies at a naval base in Hawaii in honor of those killed in an air attack on Japan: survivors of the attack, active members of the military, tourists and local residents..
The attack, aimed at destroying the US Pacific Fleet and preventing the United States from participating in the war, claimed the lives of 2,390 Americans.

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1,177 of them were Marines and sailors who served on the battleship Arizona, docked in the harbor. The ship sank within nine minutes after a Japanese bomb pierced its bow, igniting a million pounds of gunpowder.
Most of the crew were killed.
The ship is still in the harbor and serves as a grave for over 900 people killed in the attack. The memorial built over the ship is visited annually by about 2 million people..
The National Park Service and the Navy co-host the annual event on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The ceremony will be closed to the public this year, but will be broadcast live..
The ceremony will include a minute of silence at 7:55 a.m., as the Japanese attack begins, and a special aerial maneuver where one plane leaves formation and flies high in the sky, leaving an empty space in memory of the victims. The Commander of the US Pacific Fleet will speak at the event.
Last year, the ceremony was attended by three survivors of the attack, but this year none of them will be at the event due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus, which is especially dangerous for the elderly..
101-year-old Navy veteran Mickey Ganich, who attended most of the ceremonies, observes a minute of silence at his home in California this year..
“It just so happened. You have to adjust to the circumstances, ”he said in an interview with the Associated Press..
When asked why it is important for him to attend the annual ceremonies, Ganich said: “Coming to the ceremony and remembering the dead, we pay tribute to them. Because they are true heroes “.

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