Veterans remember Pearl Harbor with wreath ceremony in Bangor

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Snow said many of those who volunteered, did so because they were outraged over the Pearl Harbor bombing.

The ceremony has been taking place at Riverfront Park in Atchison since 2010 when a memorial containing a piece of the USS Arizona, that was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was put on display.

Flanked by six Pearl Harbor veterans, Trump lauded the actions of those who fought and died at the US Navy base in Hawaii, which was attacked by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941.

The surprise attack killed 2,043 Americans and lead to the USA entry into World War II.

Joseph Ingalls, a member of the rifle team has a personal connection to the events of Pearl Harbor by his grandfather enlisted into the Army Air Corp after the attack.

More than 2,300 servicemen died in the attack.

"Those were the saddest people I've ever seen in my life", said Bell.

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"So, I would encourage you, if you know someone who is a World War II survivor that you thank them for their service and thank them for being a part of the Greatest Generation", Rep. Shine said.

"Larry said he hopes we can build up the military again", Trump said of Larry Parry, prompting a thumbs up from the veteran.

"I have one of those caps that says "Pearl Harbor Survivor" on it", he said.

"It was a turning point in American history and in the service of our country", said emcee Curtis Slininger, a Navy retiree. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officials and members of the public.

"Instead of retreating from the fight, America's Pacific Fleet dug in its heels", Swift said. We sank everything except two and they were crippled.

"That was an attack on the United States", said Snow. He was waiting, we understand, for appointment to the Military Academy, but that didn't happen, so he chose to go Navy. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 paved the way for more than 110,000 of them to be forced from their homes and imprisoned behind barbed wire during the war. "Though the wounds dealt here of more than seven decades ago are fading", he told the commemoration audience, "we will never forget the valor, heroism, wisdom and leadership displayed by all those who gave their lives here 76 years ago".

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