Over 2,400 service members and civilians were killed and over 1,100 were injured in the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Veterans gathered near Rotary Park in Alpena to make sure they aren’t forgotten. “It’s a pretty solemn day knowing how many people gave their lives up,” said J.D. Pomush. “It sobers you up real quick.”
As the main speaker, Pomush listed off 30 Michigan Navy members who died in the attack followed by the gun salute. “It’s a big family,” he said. “Everybody holds together. Everybody wants to make sure that those who have given their life in the war are remembered.”
As we all remember the fallen, Pomush said everyone should take a moment today and recognize the privileges and freedoms we enjoy in this country. “Don’t forget the reality of war, the people that died giving their life in order to save America,” he said. “Do something for America.”
In a statement on Thursday, Governor Whitmer said, “On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we remember the courage and bravery of the Americans at Pearl Harbor and honor those we lost during the attack. We owe a debt of gratitude to them and to all our veterans who made sacrifices to keep us safe.”