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Pearl Harbor Attack Remembered in Jonesboro Ceremony

((Jay P. Chism/Veteran: I can remember Pearl Harbor, a vague rememberence...but people didn't have televisions back then...country people didn't. People heard it over the radio and people were shocked.))

It was 62 years ago today that Americans were shocked to learn of the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.

More than 2400 people lost their lives in the surprise attack.

((Jay P. Chism/Veteran: When our country is under attack, I feel like we all being attacked. We stand together united, if we are going to survive as a nation...we're going to have to stand together.))

Although there were no veterans present at today's memorial that were at Pearl Harbor during the attacks, many veterans vow to remember.

((John Young/Veteran: No matter what we do, we should never forget these veterans.))

Residents here in Craighead county know that remembering Pearl Harbor and veterans of all wars is important.

In front of the Craighead county courthouse is the veterans monument...there veterans or their families are able to buy memorial bricks, which are placed around the monument.

((Heather Flanigan: Officials tell me when they have memorial events like this one today, they notice there are fewer and fewer veterans in the crowd.))

((Tom J. Davis/Veteran: 2 or 3 years ago, we were losing 1200 to 1500 World War II veterans a week. Now we are losing 1500 veterans of World War II each week.))

While that's a staggering rate...still more than 1700 veterans die each day.

In Jonesboro, with photojournalist J.R. Hargan, I'm Heather Flanigan for K8 news.

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