On Friday, December 7th, members of the community, along with the William Whitley Chapter of the NSDAR, the Charles A. Gatliff Chapter NSSAR, Veterans Groups, WCHS JROTC and the Whitley County Historical Society met at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Whitley County Courthouse to commemorate the 77th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
On December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during World War II. During this attack, approximately 2,400 American servicemen were killed and more than 1,400 were injured.
The commemoration of this tragic event promotes historic preservation, patriotism and education. Continued observance of such events will promote the idea of freedom and democracy for our children and grandchildren.
The program was initiated by the Whitley County High School JROTC’s posting of the colors. The Pledge to the Flag was given.
Invocation was given by Aretta Moses, Chaplain, and the tradition of laying of the wreath was performed by Carolyn Falin, Regent and David Etter.
The WCHS JROTC lowered the flag to half mast and then performed Taps in honor of those who served on that fateful day.
God Bless America was performed by David Etter of the Charles A. Gatliff, SAR, after which the benediction was given.