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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2019

 

December 12, 2019

Erin Tierney/The Chronicle

Framed by lights blurred during a rainy evening, Creswell's Rick Higgins delivers his "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" speech during the city's "Winter Lights" festivities on Saturday.

Editor's note: Creswell resident Rick Higgins is a former state commander of the Oregon VFW. This is the speech he gave Saturday.

Greetings.

Today, we recall an event on Dec. 7, 1941 that forever changed the United States.

Seventy-eight years ago, the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan awoke a sleeping giant, and with it both tested the will of the American people like never before and produced what has been called the "Greatest Generation."

Dec. 7 was a day of tragedy, sacrifice and heroism that united a nation; it was a day that lives in infamy.

On this National Pearl Harb...



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