ST. GEORGE – American Legion Post 90 of St. George will host a Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony Wednesday at Tonaquint Cemetery. The program will begin at 10:48 a.m. – the exact time of the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years earlier (7:48 a.m. Hawaii time).
“We must never forget the events of Dec. 7, 1941,” Marti Bigbie, Commander of Post 90, said, “and how our response to the attack has served as the bedrock for the values we stand for and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”
It was 75 years ago that the United States was, in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words, “suddenly and deliberately attacked” by Japan, which plunged America into World War II.
The losses suffered in the attack were devastating. There were 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded, along with four American battleships sunk and nearly 350 aircraft damaged or completely destroyed.
For the next 44 months, the United States was engaged in warfare with Axis forces Japan and Germany as the fate of the free world hung in the balance.
Although there are no longer any known Pearl Harbor survivors living in the St. George area, four World War II veterans representing four branches of military service will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony.
The public is welcomed to this event.
For more information on American Legion Post 90, visit their website.
- What: Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony.
- When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10:48 a.m.
- Where: Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, St. George.
- Resources: American Legion Post 90