Pearl Harbor remembered

  • In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, smoke rises from the battleship USS Arizona as it sinks during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II. AP File Photo

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

GILL — The public is invited to the west end parking lot of the French King Bridge along Route 2 on Thursday to commemorate the American service members killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

The Vermont 1 chapter of Rolling Thunder, a nationwide advocacy group that fights for prisoners of war and service members missing in action from any American wars, has scheduled a remembrance ceremony for noon on the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack that ushered the United States into World War II.

Jeffrey Neipp said this tradition was started 10 or 11 years because there seemed to be no other Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony in the area. He said his chapter is based in Brattleboro, Vt., but most of its members are scattered throughout western Massachusetts.

“It was a catastrophic day for the United States, but it’s kind of overshadowed. We’d like people to remember what happened,” he said. “It’s an important day in history.”