Remembering Pearl Harbor Day, public ceremony

FEATURE — On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked America’s naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which ultimately ended in 2,403 casualties and 1,178 injured. The St. George area has a number of survivors from that attack living among us and annually commemorates the day in a public ceremony, to be held this year on Sunday at 10:48 a.m. in Vernon Worthen Park, 300 S. 400 E. in St. George.

Seventy-three years ago President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan for its unprovoked attack on the United States. On Dec. 8, 1941, Roosevelt said:

December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

Pearl Harbor Memorial, Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Ski Ingram is the Adjutant of Lester Keate Post 90 of the American Legion, St. George News
Pearl Harbor Memorial, Vernon Worthen Park, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Ski Ingram is the Adjutant of Lester Keate Post 90 of the American Legion, St. George News

The Japanese attacked America’s naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack killed 2,403 American military personnel and civilians and injured 1,178 others. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer.  There were 188 aircraft destroyed and an additional 159 damaged.

Memorials have been built to remember that day and its events. The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the most familiar.  Another memorial is that of the USS Utah.  A memorial to honor the crew of the USS Utah was dedicated on the northwest shore of Ford Island, Hawaii, in 1972.

Most survivors of Pearl Harbor have passed away or are quite infirm.  Utah Dixie Chapter 2 of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in St. George dedicated a monument in Vernon Worthen Park a number of years ago. Each year American Legion Post 90 remembers those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor by laying a wreath at that memorial.

This year’s ceremony will start at 10:48 a.m. Sunday with members of Post 90 raising the flag while playing “To the Colors” on the bugle. The flag will then be lowered to half-staff while the bugle plays “Taps.” After that Post 90’s rifle team will fire a rifle salute consisting of one volley. A wreath will then be laid at the base of the monument.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and remember the day that, as President Roosevelt foretold, has lived in infamy for these past 73 years.

Submitted by Ski Ingram, adjutant of Lester Keate Post 90 of the American Legion in St. George and co-chairman of the Veterans Coalition of Southern Utah.

87262c49c0377077de0b545ba9c48013Event details

  • What: Public ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor Day
  • When: Sunday, Dec. 7, 10:48 a.m.
  • Where: Vernon Worthen Park, 300 S. 400 E. in St. George
  • Who: Everyone welcome and encouraged to attend
  • Contacts: Ski Ingram | Telephone 435-313-2078 | Email [email protected] | American Legion Post 90 website

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  • My Evil Twin December 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for publishing info on this ceremony. I’m sure almost everyone is aware of Pearl Harbor Day. But I wonder just how many who are “aware” of it, have any idea of the horrors that were brought home to the US that day. I’m sure most of us had relatives who fought in that war, and of course either were in, or had relatives in, the many wars that have followed. Just to give us the freedom to sit in front of a computer screen and make comments on what we read.

    • Zonkerb December 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      LOL oh Pearl Harbor day… Yeah well of course you mean the attack on Pearl Harbor that the government had no idea was going to happen…LOL yeah right it was a complete surprise LOL

    • Koolaid December 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I wonder how many locals are aware of the actions aboard the USS West Virginia by Third Class Doris Miller, USN that earned him the Navy Cross?

  • Visiting Anthropologist December 1, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Bravo, E.T. Well said.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve been told that Obama caused Pearl Harbor, so basically all of WWII was Obama’s fault.

    • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      And I also heard on Fox news that Obama was also Hitler’s daddy…

  • Koolaid December 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Someone hasn’t figured out how to put a church spin on this?

    • Koolaid sucks December 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

      And once again, the tainted female hygiene product Koolaid produces yet another insight into his two year old intellect.

      • Chris December 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

        Koolaid is amusing. You are pathetic.

        • Koolaid December 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

          KOOLAID SUCKS doesn’t understand my question of how can we bubblelize this Worldly News Event to make it local church oriented. Maybe the spin could begin with the battleship named USS UTAH that was struck and sunk by 3 torpedo bombs on December 7th, 1941. Understand that my posts are often challenges for pods to broaden their knowledge on history and politics in that not everything revolves around church and Utah.

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