Pearl Harbor ceremony creates solemn spirit of remembrance

ST. GEORGE — At exactly 10:48 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, a small and solemn ceremony was held Monday at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Paying tribute to the fallen at a memorial located in Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Paying tribute to the fallen at a memorial located in Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Members of the American Legion Post 90 joined with veterans and a few members of the community at the Pearl Harbor Memorial which stands next to the gazebo in the park, paying respects to those who lost their lives in the attack on America which took place at 7:48 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, Dec. 7, 1941.

Senior Vice Commander and Judge Advocate of American Legion Post 90 Terry Dunne said the ceremony serves as  a way to bring remembrance to the community.

“We try to do this every year,” Dunne said, “so that we will never forget our missing in action and those who died on Dec. 7, 1941.”

Dunne is the son of a WW II veteran, he said, adding that his family always held a remembrance and prayer no matter where they were on Dec. 7.

A wreath honoring the lives lost at Pearl Harbor is placed in front of a memorial located at Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
A wreath honoring the lives lost at Pearl Harbor is placed in front of a memorial located at Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Retired Navy Capt. Ronald Lewis commanded a unit at Pearl Harbor in 1990, he said. The ceremony is important to all Americans, he said, but particularly the younger generations to help them understand the freedoms they enjoy came and still come at a heavy cost.

The brief ceremony began with a word of prayer followed by posting the colors of the nation. A wreath was placed at the Pearl Harbor Memorial and a gun salute was given in honor of those who served.

Please enjoy the videocast and photo gallery of the ceremony.

Click on photo to enlarge it, then use your left-right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery.

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