Virginia War Memorial holds service for Pearl Harbor anniversary

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was on this day in 1941 that nearly 400 Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor with devastating results.

About 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,200 were wounded.

Ceremonies will be held today at Pearl Harbor to remember the day that the United States entered World War II.

Closer to home, a service took place to remember Pearl Harbor at the Virginia War Memorial this morning at 11 a.m.

We spoke with a Pearl Harbor survivor who was at the ceremony today, along with other survivors about this day of remembrance.

Lined up one by one are several of the remaining local Pearl Harbor survivors. All out to pay tribute to their fallen friends. Among the small group is Joseph Nuckols, who recalled this day 69 years ago, down to the smallest detail. "We lost a lot of men."

It's a day he'll never forget. It's also that day, remembered at this ceremony, that changed Joseph.

"The slightest noise you heard on the beach, you thought someone was coming to invade. At night when a wave splashed you thought you were being invaded by the troops," says Joseph.

These bells rang to remember the fallen heroes and wreaths were placed at the War Memorial during the ceremony.

Crystal Hanna was at today's ceremony. She's been in the navy for eight years. "I'm actually honored to be apart of it to see the survivors to see what they went through and how they dealt with it."

She's here to help the younger generation learn and understand the sacrifice that many made for us. That's exactly what Joseph hopes others get out of this. '

"There's a lot to learn today and for the person that has never been here before, you're missing a lot," says Joseph.

"Its probably tear jerking a little bit but I'm honored to be here," says Crystal.

An honor for her, and a day for Joseph to recall, everyday. "Forgiving is easy. But forgetting takes a long, long time."

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