Pearl Harbor Observances Set for Wednesday

DECEMBER 5, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST, updated at 9:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The 86-year-old chairman of the Arkansas Pearl Harbor Survivors says six survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack attended an Arkansas observance last year.

David Moffatt doesn't know what the numbers will be like this Wednesday when he and others hold a ceremony at the state Capitol to observe the 64th year since the Japanese bombed the Hawaiin base.

Moffatt is a retired Air Force colonel and was on guard duty at a radio station when enemy planes began dropping bombs and strafing the base with machine guns.  He escaped without injury.  But many others lost their lives and the attack provoked the United States to enter World War II.

In Jonesboro, the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation will conduct a brief Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at the downtown monument at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.  The public is encouraged to attend.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)