Pearl Harbor Survivors Remember

Shrinking ranks of vets, civilians recall attack on 66th anniversary
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 10:10 AM CST
In this Dec. 7, 1941, file photo, students of the Lunalilo High School in the Waikiki district of Honolulu watch their school burn after the roof of the main building, at center, was hit by a bomb during...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pearl Harbor survivors will pause today to remember the attack that reshaped their lives—and the nation's—66 years ago today. The remembrances come as the ever-shrinking number of surviving vets wonder how Americans will remember their legacy, the LA Times reports. Says a historian: "When all of our World War II vets are gone, how much of this interest will continue?"

"We're already just a paragraph in the history books," said one 87-year-old. "Will even that disappear when the last one of us dies?" Civilians who lived near the Hawaii base also remember the hardships of that day and of living in constant fear of more attacks, the AP notes