Pearl Harbor: Lest We Forget

The following blog post is written by MC2 Xander Gamble, of Defense Media Activity in Ft. Meade, Md., who is on assignment in Pearl Harbor to capture events commemorating the 70th Anniversary of America’s acknowledged entrance into World War II.

While in Pearl Harbor for the 70th Anniversary of the unfortunate events that occurred on Dec. 7, 1941, I had the opportunity to speak with many civilians and ask their feelings of how they felt about being here for that event. The answers that I received were as wide in variety as the people I interviewed. I even had the opportunity to talk with veterans who were here on the day the attack happened. One veteran told me he received a “free haircut” when a blast had singed his hair. The most important thing that was stressed by every one of these individuals was that, “we should never forget.”

The following are photos of those individuals I had the opportunity to talk with, including Pearl Harbor survivors and people from the USS Utah and USS Missouri memorials. To help us remember Pearl Harbor, please join us, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube, to remember this anniversary.