Pearl Harbor remembered

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For 69 years America has taken time to remember the attack at Pearl Harbor. In Jonesboro a group of veterans from many wars gathered to honor those who served.

For many people the beginning of World War 2 was not immediately known. Without the aid of television or the Internet or even radios the news of the attack took a while to filter into the nation.

World War 2 vet Cecil Williams told me it was hard to comprehend another world war. "It finally hit me when we lost some people that I knew."

Danny Honnoll said his father didn't learn of the attack until the day after.

"Dad said they called them into an assembly and they turned on a radio and they heard President Roosevelt's address over the speakers of the radio."

Even though there were no Pearl Harbor survivors at the ceremony their sacrifices were honored by all who attended. With a 48 star flag flying in the breeze retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Bob Schoenborn spoke about the losses taken and how the attack was based on a book about a war in the Pacific that Japanese Admiral Yamamoto had read.

There were many references to the September 11 attacks on America, both being a key point in America's history.

Honnoll, "It's been said many times that if you don't remember history you are doomed to repeat it. We don't need to repeat anything like Pearl Harbor or even 9-11."

Williams, "I don't think anyone can imagine what it was like, unless they were there."

At the close of the ceremony the flag at the courthouse was lowered to half staff to honor those who gave their all for the country it stands for.

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