BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Monday marks the day the United States declared war on Japan.
Seventy-three years ago on Sunday, 2,500 people were killed and another 1,000 were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor. More than half of the US pacific fleet was destroyed, and eight battleships were damaged.
Veterans in West Seneca took a moment to remember the victims of the attack. American Legion Post 735 held its annual memorial service Sunday afternoon. Veterans held a moment of silence to honor those killed at the naval base in 1941.
A spokesperson for the legion said they’re not just remembering those killed, but also the men and women who survived.
“Today we’re remembering not only that perished, but also those that made it through. Currently there’s about 2,000 survivors left and we’re here to remember those gentlemen and those who went before them,” said Jim Manley, public relations officer, West Seneca American Legion 735.
When the United States declared war on Japan, it marked the nation’s entry into World War II.