Veterans Beat: 'Remember Pearl Harbor' programs have all but disappeared

by Ron Seman Published:

Has it been 72 years since the naval operations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii were attacked by imperial forces of the Japanese Empire? I was 9-years-young.

And as for all these years, the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service will jointly host a commemorative ceremony at Pearl Harbor to observe this historic date, Dec. 7, 1941, at a 7:45 a.m. ceremony. The program will be held at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The announcement was made by a spokesman with the Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office.

Most members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, who planned and participated in Pearl Harbor Day programs are gone. The job of making sure we do not forget Pearl Harbor, and the thousands of American military and civilian personnel who died there is left to those of us as veterans and the veterans organizations, nationally and in our own communities.

Sadly, programs conducted by these groups have all but faded away. This does not erase the need for us as veterans to join in the old World War II refrain, "Let's Remember Pearl Harbor."

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The Sons of the American Legion will make their annual presentation of Josh Dogs to the Akron Ronald McDonald House, 245 Locust Street in Akron. District officers encourage members to help make the day extra special by joining and donating needed items. Each season the staff at Akron's Ronald McDonald House puts out a "Wish List." This year, it includes the following: Miracle Whip, or mayonnaise, juice boxes or Capri Sun pouches, single serving packaged Granola bars, Nutri-Grain bars, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding/Jello cups, snack crackers, and more.

Also needed are laundry detergent, gift cards (Acme, Giant Eagle, Aldi, Sam's Club, Little Caesars, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, Home Depot).

Each post is asked to put out a donation box and bring the donated items.

Virginia Gharky, editor of The American Legion Leader, and officer in the Mantua American Legion Post 193 Auxiliary, shared this information with us.

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Information about your post and auxiliary activities can be sent to Ron Seman, 7065 W. 130th Street, Apt. 120E, Parma Heights, 44130, or email:

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