Pann, 95, is a perhaps the last living Pearl Harbor survivor in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
Lawson was stationed at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day but was on the other side of the island during the attack.
Labranche said every year, the ceremony concludes with the Veteran of The Year tossing the wreath into the river.
Lawmakers and the Naval Supply Systems Command honored three survivors from the Keystone State: Isaac George, Richard Schimmel, and Pat Bonnelli. At a ceremony, they'll unveil the first stage of his memorial: A bronze statue.
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After the conclusion of the first part of the ceremony, guests moved to the Pearl Harbor memorial on base.
The surprise attack killed 2,043 Americans and lead to the United States entry into World War II.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on December 8, the day after the crushing attack on Pearl Harbor. I think they need to be honored.
Representing the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Jerry Lehr, son of the late William C. Lehr, a Pearl Harbor Navy veteran, read aloud the 17 CT servicemen who died December 7, 1941, at the USA naval base in Oahu, Hawaii, as City of West Haven Fire Department Allingtown Capt. Jason Cameron tolled the department's chrome bell each instant a name was called.
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The video then goes right into a series of images showing real-life news footage of past riots, rallies and police brutality in America.
"I still serve (my country) the best way I can and I guess this is the best way I can at my age", she said about hosting the memorial.
"Going back to the tent where I was living and I looked up and there was right above us, several hundred feet above us, Japanese planes", said Stephenson. "Instead of retreating from the fight, America's Pacific Fleet dug in its heels. Along the way, they forged a cultural heritage of resilience that sailors continue to draw upon today".
Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, a day to remember the stories and sacrifices of those that lost their loves. "We honor you for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor".
"They are slowly fading away, and we are here to keep that memory alive", said Oakman.
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