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Pearl Harbor Attack Remembered 70 Years Later

PELHAM, N.Y. – Though the Pelham American Legion does not have anything planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, ceremonies will be held throughout the country. Harry Engstrom, vice commander of the American Legion Post 50, said he—like most others today—have only watched video footage and read about the attack. Still, he understands the magnitude of Dec. 7, 1941.

The American Legion Post 50, which is located in Pelham, has never had a Pearl Harbor service. However, on Saturday, they will join with thousands across the country in “Wreaths Across America.” The ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. at Veterans Park in Pelham.

“On that day, we’re saddened,” Engstrom said. “It’s a day of sadness because of all the losses.”

Following the attack, scores of Americans enlisted in order to support their country. “Everybody went in right after the bombing,” Engstrom said.

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