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Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

On the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on at the Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii killing 2,403 citizens of the United States and sinking four U.S. Navy battleships. Within hours of the attack, Canada declared war on Japan and the U.S. followed a day later. In his speech to congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the bombing of Pearl Harbor “a date which will live on in infamy.”

Each year, we remember those that died on that Sunday morning and those that fought the war that followed. The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum honors this day with a flyover over the Arizona Capitol building in downtown Phoenix. The 2017 flyover included our B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey” and the C-47/DC3 “Old Number 30.” Included on both flights were four WWII vets, three Iwo Jima survivors and one female Marine Sargent.

Joining us to cover from the museum prior to the flyover was Cory McCloskey from Fox 10 News. See his interview with the WWII vets.

The flyover went off without a hitch and the vets were all smiles upon their return to the museum. See a video of the flyover shown on azfamily Channel 3 TV.

Main article image photo credit: Marion Cartland, Arizona Veterans Connection

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