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Pearl Harbor remembered 76 years later

Americans mark Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day with a commemoration at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii and locally. (MGN Online)

The event that triggered the United States’ entrance into the second World War took place 76 years ago Thursday.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7 as a date which will live in infamy.

In less than two hours, Japanese Kamikazes killed more than 2,400 people, wounded more than 1,200, and the majority of the U.S. Pacific fleet were taken out of action.

Thursday, Americans mark the day with a commemoration at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii.

The memorial rests above the still visible but sunken U.S.S. Arizona where 1,177 crewmen died.

At noon in Charleston, veterans will be honored and remembered at The National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial downtown.

Pearl Harbor survivor Wetzel Sanders is the guest of honor. Sanders will represent the 10 remaining Pearl Harbor survivors from West Virginia.

Monty Warner is the keynote speaker.

In Huntington, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena will host a National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony from 2 to 3 p.m.

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