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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.


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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