Solitary survivor marks Pearl Harbor anniversary at Battleship Cove

Derek Vital

“I think we are doing the right thing throwing the wreath into the water,” said Martin.

A brief ceremony attended by about 125 people precluded the wreath ceremony.

Carl Sawejko, president of the board of directors for Battleship Cove, encouraged the crowd to honor those who perished at Pearl Harbor. He read part of President Franklin Delano

Roosevelt’s address to the nation after the attack:

“Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger,” said Roosevelt. “With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.”

“Our ceremony is just a small part of the effort to remember those that lost their lives that day at Pearl Harbor,” said Sawejko.

Casey said the services serve a dual purpose: to honor those that passed and to educate younger generations.  

“It was nice to see veterans as well as young people in the audience,” said Casey. “People are tending to forget. That’s why we do these ceremonies, to remember.”

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