Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

 

President Franklin Roosevelt called it "a day that will live in infamy." 75 years later, thousands have gathered at Pearl Harbor to remember and honor some of our nation's greatest heroes.
 
Jay Gray is there today where the centerpiece of the ceremony is the sunken USS Arizona, the final resting place for more than a thousand sailors and marines.
 
A solemn remembrance...seventy-five-years after a surprise attack..
 
"I went on topside planes were diving from every direction," Stuart Hedley, Pearl Harbor Veteran. 
 
Waves of Japanese zeros unleashing a fury on Pearl Harbor. The waters are calm here now. The skies clear. As hundreds of survivors join thousands who have traveled to this sacred memorial to honor the courage, strength and sacrifice of those who fought here..
        
"There's a very special feeling about being here at this time," Rob McWilliams, Tourist.
 
For most, this is a once in a lifetime journey. But Petty Officer First Class Wren Pettett makes the trip most every day.
 
"I'll drive passengers, 150 passengers at a time out to the memorial out to the memorial, let them pay their respects and drive them back," Petty Officer First Class Wren Pettett. 
 
Where he's going and what he's doing is still special every time he docks alongside the Arizona.
 
"It's very emotional to see," Petty Officer First Class Wren Pettett.
 
Especially right now..
 
"It's a huge honor, I am very lucky to have been stationed here whenever the 75th is going on," Petty Officer First Class Wren Pettett. 
 
Pettett...grateful like so many here and across the country...who pause to remember and honor these heroes...on this special day..
 
Jay Gray NBC News Pearl Harbor
 

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