On Monday December 5, 2016 The Brooklyn War Memorial and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be observing a (pre) 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day with an event at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
The event will include performances by the U.S. Navy Brass Band Quintet. We expect at least one dozen Brooklyn WWII Veterans to be in attendance. Brooklyn Historian Ron Schweiger, will be speaking about Brooklyn in 1941. WWII Historian Jason McDonald will be speaking about Pearl Harbor 1941. We will also be honoring James E. Blakely, WWII Veteran US Navy and Pearl Harbor survivor - USS St. Louis.
We are reaching out to veterans organizations to see if they show support by helping to send veterans to our event. The entire event is expected to take 50 minutes.
Ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 am. All guests are asked to arrive by 10:30 am. This will be a rare opportunity for students to meet some of Brooklyn's WWII Veterans.
The inscription on the Brooklyn War Memorial includes the words, "may their sacrifice inspire future generations and lead to universal peace."
WWII is unique in the it is the first and only war, where America won the war and then went on to win the peace. When hostilities ended, America helped to rebuild Europe and Asia. At no other time has this ever happened. That is one of the reasons why they are known as the "greatest generation." Brooklyn has a special relationship to WWII and Pearl Harbor in that the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri were both built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Over 327,000 Brooklyn residents served in WWII.
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