Pearl Harbour attack remembered in US

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) A memorial service was held at the National World War II Memorial in Washington to honour the dead in the Japanese bombing on Pearl Harbour 74 years ago.

Two survivors of the attack and some other US veterans, including 110-years-old Frank Levingston, reportedly the oldest US living World War II veteran, attended the ceremony, Xinhua reported.

“We were attacked yesterday on Pearl Harbour…” the ceremony began with the playing of a radio news.

“On the National Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the souls of 74 years ago, we salute those respond with strength and courage and service,” a host told over 300 people.

After laying a wreath in front of the wall of stars, one of the survivor said, “I am honoured to be here, to be the luckiest one here.”

About 2,400 US sailors, marines and soldiers were killed by Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbour and other military installations on the island of Oahu in the December 7, 1941 attack, which dragged the United States into WWII.

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