Pearl Harbor Remembered

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

December 7, 2005

Today marks the anniversary of one of the most devastating attacks on our country: Pearl Harbor. All over the country, Veterans honored those lost in pearl harbor. Here in Charlottesville, one man says it's a main reason he joined the army.

"We went to the movies that Sunday night and coming out of the movies we heard all kinds of newspaper reporters: Extra, extra, the war was declared with [the] Japanese," said Army Veteran Ray Durand.

He wasn't alone. Most of his peers left home on the same train.

"Most of the youngsters that were of age were all panicked and all wanted to join the service," said Durand.

That was 64 years ago, but there are still people nationwide who remember the attack that changed their lives.

"It was one hell of day because of all the damage and everything, and the killing," said survivor George Frazier.

2,400 soldiers and civilians died in the attack.

"It was the most fearless and dangerous war, 55 million people lost their lives" said Durand.

In the Commonwealth, 14 names were added to the list of Virginians that died that day--making the total 41.

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