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Pearl Harbor Memorial Service

by Astrid Spencer


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On Friday the 7th of December at 9pm, Mayor Nixon held a memorial service in honor of the patriots who lost their lives at the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The event seen the Mayor lay a wreath down at the War Memorial in Temple Graveyard before giving a speech. See an excerpt below.

"On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 America's naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of the Empire of Japan. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. The attack sank four U.S. Navybattleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and damaged 188 aircraft. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II."

Half way through the speech, Ms Nixon asked that those present took a moment to "look to the skies". After a few minutes of waiting, three WWII fighter jets flew over at low altitude, leaving the crowd stunned and impressed.

"We must remember that the lives we lead today which, though they may not be perfect or ideal, are far more comfortable and secure than in ages past. We may not be at total peace with the world, there may be anarchy overseas and our soldiers may still be on active duty in hostile locations, but the losses that America suffered on that day shown us as a country, that we should never take our lives, or our lifestyles, for granted. Because one single act can cause a rift, a divide, a war."

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Members from all Government agencies were present with LSPD handling security. There were no major issues to be reported and the event retained a respectful and commemorative tone.

When Ms Nixon attained her Mayoral position, she stated that her main goal was to have an active, stable and visible Government. This particular event is proof that she intends to deliver on that promise.

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