MIDDLEPORT/MASON — Ceremonies are planned for Saturday to mark the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise attack against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, many others were injured, battleships were sunk, and aircraft destroyed. It also marked the beginning of World War II.
On Aug. 23, 1994, the U.S. Congress designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. American flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who lost their lives.
This Saturday, members of the Middleport American Legion will hold a ceremony at the Middleport boat ramp, placing a wreath in the river to honor those killed in the attack.
In Mason, a ceremony remembering Pearl Harbor will be held at the levee of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park.
The service will be held by members of the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven and Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason.
Normally held at noon, the time will be changed slightly to 11:45 a.m. this year. This is to allow organization members to get to the Mason Christmas parade line-up at nearby Faith Baptist Church by noon, when the parade is scheduled to begin.
As is tradition in both Middleport and Mason, a patriotic red, white and blue wreath will be tossed into the Ohio River. This is done to remember those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack.
The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony at both locations.
Ohio Valley Publishing freelance writer Mindy Kearns and The Daily Sentinel managing editor Sarah Hawley contributed to this report.