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WPNSTA Yorktown triad pay homage to 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack


12/14/16 12:00 AM

By Michael Vernon Voss
WPNSTA Yorktown Public Affairs Officer

WPNSTA Yorktown -- The Naval Weapons Station Yorktown command triad marked the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by joining citizens from the Newport News community at a observance held at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, Dec. 7.

The small ceremony featured a wide range of participants ranging from Newport News Mayor, McKinley L. Price to members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 176.

As part of the observance attendees were treated to a documentary featuring interviews with survivors from the Hampton Roads area, followed by wreath laying ceremony at the Virginia Pearl Harbor Survivors’ monument.

Participants in the ceremony took a few minutes to reflect on history as Rear Admiral (retired) Timothy Moon detailed how the events of the Pearl Harbor attack has changed not only the U.S. Navy, but American history.

“The ceremony served as a staunch reminder of the more than 3,000 American casualties on that fateful day in 1941,” said WPNSTA Yorktown Chaplain, Lt. James Rutan.

Chaplain Rutan, who delivered the event’s invocation, explained, “We should never forget our history, and, more importantly, we should ensure the survivors and their loved ones know we remember the sacrifices of that day.”

The annual event also featured a formation of cadets from the Tabb High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps ensured that future generations of Sailors were able to understand although today the U.S. and Japan are peaceful allies, service often comes at a high price.

“I am honored to take part in a ceremony that honors the great Americans whose lives were changed forever by the events of that Sunday morning 75 years ago,” said Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Commanding Officer, Capt. Paul C. Haebler. “The events of Dec. 7, 1941 changed the pages of world history and, by putting on a first-class event; the Virginia War Museum staff ensured our local citizens have the opportunity to pay respect to 192 known survivors of the attack from the Hampton Roads area.”