MASON — Veterans marked the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day with a remembrance ceremony Wednesday in Mason, that included throwing a wreath into the Ohio River in memory of those involved.
Honor guard members from the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason, Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven, and Drew-Webster American Legion Post 39 of Pomeroy participated in the ceremony. Throwing the wreath into the river was U.S. Marine Veteran Sam VanMeter.
John Hood spoke during the service, telling of the assault when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii 75 years ago. He said the event left 2,403 Americans dead and propelled the U.S. into World War II.
Hood said the attack began at around 7:55 a.m. When the attacks on Pearl Harbor and other military bases were over, more than 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed, and 21 ships were sunk or damaged.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war the following day, Hood said. The president gave an address declaring Dec. 7 “a date which will live in infamy.”
Two World War II veterans were among those who attended the service. They included Ernest Paul Anderson and Milford Mowrey.
A prayer and moment of silence followed Hood’s speech, prior to the throwing of the wreath.
Ceremonies were also held in Meigs and Gallia counties yesterday. The Feeney-Bennett American Legion Post 128 held a service at the Middleport levee in Meigs County. In Gallia County, the V.F.W. Post 4464 held a memorial service at Gallipolis City Park.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.