Local vets remembering Pearl Harbor today
NORTH AUGUSTA — The public is invited to a brief ceremony and wreath-laying event Friday in observance of Pearl Harbor Day. The gathering is set for 10 a.m. at American Legion Post 71′s headquarters, at 333 East Spring Grove Ave., near North Augusta Elementary School.
Friday is the 77th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which is generally regarded as the event that drew the United States into World War II, solidifying public opposition to the Axis. The U.S. declared war on Japan the next day.
The attack devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet, opening the door for Japan to establish a Pacific empire before the U.S. won a big victory at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in responding to the calamity, famously referred to Dec. 7 as “a date which will live in infamy.”