"Today our entire nation pauses to remember Pearl Harbor and the fearless warriors who on that day stood tall and fought for America", he said.
"Pearl Harbor is one of the three most important veteran days in my opinion", Rep. Hugh Shine said.
On Thursday, 76 years after the surprise strike that led to the United States entering World War II, Richmonders congregated in the Byrd Theatre for a retrospective glimpse of that horrific and historic day in "Infamy: Remembering Pearl Harbor", a multimedia event presented by Quill Theatre.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor not only marked a turning point in America's role in World War II, but also helped catalyze rampant anti-Japanese sentiment across the country.
Ganitch later broke out into song, delivering a rendition of "Remember Pearl Harbor".
More than 2,400 lives were lost when the Japanese attacked.
"I was on the other side of the island, and I heard blasts", he said of the sneak attack by the Japanese Empire.
"Today, as we Remember Pearl Harbor, it was an incredible honor to be joined with surviving Veterans of the attack on 12/7/1941".
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"I thought they were cleaning out the entrance of Pearl Harbor because it isn't very wide".
"They fought. They bled".
A half-dozen veterans of the attack, wearing medals and military hats, attended the ceremony and bantered with the president as he commemorated their service.
He's now in his 90s and says no school history book comes close to telling the true toll of war.
In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes 'we can build up the military again'.
"We have to take our remembrance of what happened with this unprovoked attack on December 7 and relate to what happened on 9/11 - an unprovoked attack", Jindrich said while calling for mutual respect of countries, cultures and each other. We sank everything except two and they were crippled.
Numerous stories of the Vets honored today are included in a book published last August called in their own words Augusta Aiken Area World War Two Veterans Remember World War Two. "Though the wounds dealt here of more than seven decades ago are fading", he told the commemoration audience, "we will never forget the valor, heroism, wisdom and leadership displayed by all those who gave their lives here 76 years ago".