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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Friday marks the attack that led the U.S. into World War II. Should it be a federal or state holiday?

The Northport American Legion Post 694 held their annual Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service and Parade on Dec. 2. Video of the parade is attached.

For 71 years, Dec. 7 has been "a date which will live in infamy." The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America's entry into World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt used the word "infamy" in his speech asking Congress to declare war.

Since that day in 1941, Americans have marked Dec. 7 with solemn ceremonies remembering the thousands who died in the attack. "It's important to remember that it was the first terrorist attack on American soil," said American Legion Past Commander and Pearl Harbor Memorial Co-Chair Jim Mahoney.

92-year-old Northporter and Pearl Harbor Survivor Frank Minnock was not in attendance at the service this year because he wasn't feeling good.

Pearl Harbor is an important day in American history, but it is not a state holiday in New York, nor is it a federal holiday. It was designated a national day of remembrance by Congress in 1994, but we want to know if you think it should be a full-fledged holiday.

Let us know in the comments. 

R Porte December 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
It should definately be a holiday of remembrance , reminder to all AMERICANS TO REMAIN ALERT AND AWARE OF. THE TERROR AND SNEAKS AMOUNG US.
Maureen Bourassa December 09, 2012 at 04:09 AM
i believe it should be a holiday, we keep this land free of murders and safe for children.
Cecil Dison Jr. December 09, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Second only to July 4 equal to 9-11

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