Japanese attack remembered in solemn ceremony


Tuesday, December 7th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Pearl Harbor, Hawaii-AP) -- Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor 58 years ago today -- and the event was marked with a ceremony aboard the U-S-S Arizona Memorial. The Arizona was one of the U-S battleships destroyed in the sneak attack, which plunged America into World War Two.

More than 900 sailors went down with the ship, and remain entombed in the sunken vessel. Hundreds of veterans and their families were on hand for the private ceremony aboard the memorial, while hundreds more attended a ceremony at the U-S-S Arizona Visitor Center.

A moment of silence was observed at 7:55 a-m -- the exact time of the attack. That was followed by a missing man flyover, echo "Taps" and a 21-gun salute. Some 40 veterans and military organizations then laid wreaths and flowers at the wall listing all those killed in the attack.