NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A service took place on the Pearl Harbor Veterans Memorial Bridge that connects Northampton to Easthampton.
Veterans fired a gun salute in honor of those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 77-years-ago on this date.
Veterans from South Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton gathered for a ceremony on the Route 5 bridge over the Oxbow.
Even though this attack took place almost eight decades ago, today’s veterans want to make sure people never forget the “Day of Infamy.”
“WWII and Korean, Vietnam vets are here remembering but we want to keep that history alive so our young people can realize what happened 77-years-ago,” said Gerry Clark, former president of Northampton Veterans Council.
A wreath was dropped into the river at 12:55 p.m., the same time the attack took place in 1941.
The Japanese Navy launched the surprise attack on the Hawaiian naval base 77-years-ago.
The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan and entered WWII.