Our West Michigan Remembers Pearl Harbor

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Our West Michigan is holding two events to remember the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Today is the 71st anniversary of the attack on the naval base in Hawaii.

The 23rd annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Observance will take place from noon to one on Friday afternoon. It will be held at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center on Monroe street in downtown Grand Rapids. A proclamation from the State of Michigan and Kent County will be read. Senators Levin and Stabenow have also sent letters to be read at the ceremony. Three local men who served and died at Pearl Harbor will be remembered. There will also be a choir singing patriotic songs.

The second event happens at East Kentwood High School from 6:30 to 8 on Friday evening. Students from Kent Innovation High School and East Kentwood will present biographical documentaries of local World War II veterans. The veterans will have a chance to walk the red carpet before the screening. A performance by the East Kentwood Philharmonic Orchestra will also be a part of the show. The event is free but any donations collected will go to the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home.

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  • Faye Ann Bristol

    When we were children there was always an observance at our school in Sparta in remembrance of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. Young people these days have no idea what significance Dec. 7 is nor when Pearl Harbor Day occurs.

  • Lou DeGennaro

    Not so true Faye. It may seem that way but people must pass on the history of this country of ours – as you just did. Remeber the Gold Star Mothers and their sons that passed. I attended the memorial today and there was a substantial number of children that were there with us vet's. Not many veterans, but a lot of young people attended. We must not forget the significance of passing on what we all did for our Freedom and its importance. I am Vietnam vet and Freedom is not free – many of us have passed and many more will for what we believe. God Bless America.

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