70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

USS Arizona burning on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy photo)
USS Arizona burning on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy photo)
Arizona Memorial (U.S. Navy photo)
Arizona Memorial (U.S. Navy photo)
Salvage of the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on March 29, 1943. (U.S. Navy photo)
Salvage of the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on March 29, 1943. (U.S. Navy photo)
Lt. j.g. Daniel Conley walks through the USS Oklahoma Memorial during a ceremony on Ford Island. The National Park Service hosted a memorial ceremony to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma Memorial honors the 429 men killed aboard Oklahoma on December 7th, 1941.(U.S. Navy photo)
Lt. j.g. Daniel Conley walks through the USS Oklahoma Memorial during a ceremony on Ford Island. The National Park Service hosted a memorial ceremony to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma Memorial honors the 429 men killed aboard Oklahoma on December 7th, 1941.(U.S. Navy photo)

Beginning at 7:55 am on Sunday, December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor prompting U.S. entrance into WWII.

Governor Matt Mead issued a proclamation calling upon citizens to recognize today, December 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and honor those affected by the events 70 years ago.

Melvin Heckman of Sheridan is Wyoming State Chairman of the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association.

The U.S. lost 12 vessels that day, but the Arizona and the Utah are the only two still lying in the harbor.

About 3,000 attend a yearly remembrance ceremony that includes a moment of silence at 7:55 am in Hawaii overlooking the USS Arizona memorial. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a federal holiday; government offices, schools and banks do not close.

The Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association is made up of Americans who were within a one-mile radius of the harbor that day, and Heckman said that they meet several times a year.

More than 2,400 died in the attack.

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