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This group of Versailles area veterans presented the Opening Colors at the beginning of the Pearl Harbor tribute and a 21-gun salute at the closing, preceding “Taps” peformed by John Griesdorn.
VERSAILLES - The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars commemorated the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with a tribute Friday evening at the Vets Club here.
“We want to keep awareness of what these guys have done for us in the past and what they’re doing today,” said Dave Miller in the opening ceremony, which was followed by a video, which featured five segments - Last days of Peace, Eleven Minutes of Terror, Battleship Row, Hell in the Harbor and Second Wave.
It was a 2007 production, which led up to the strike on Pearl Harbor, the carnage that took place on battleship row and featured interviews with those who survived the attack. Among those interviews were among those who served on the USS Arizona, Neosho, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Nevada, West Virginia, Honolulu, Utah, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Helena and California.