A ceremony was held at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Saturday to mark 72 years since that fateful day in Hawaii, when a surprise attack by the Japanese on the US Fleet in Pearl Harbor killed 2,402 Americans and wounded nearly another 1,300.
Daniel Hunter of Cumberland was a 19 year old pilot stationed just miles from Pearl when the bombs began to drop. Hunter described his experience to NBC 10, "I was in my bunk, reading my Sunday newspaper, I had gotten up early to have my breakfast, came back, got the newspaper and was sitting in there the bunk when we heard the low flying aircraft; we thought it was our own aircraft until we ran outside and saw the fighters right over the rooftops."
Hunter, who is now 91, was recognized in Saturday's ceremony; another survivor veteran Wilmer Stevens, of Wakefield, who served in the Army, suddenly fell ill and couldn't make it.
It is a day that will live on in history forever, and for those that were there even 72 years later it is a day that they can never forget. As Hunter put it "the memory gets a little faded every year. I can remember most everything, the little details I can't, but I certainly remember the attack and what we did on that day."
Saturday also marked a special ceremony for Carlito Wilson, a member of the United States Naval Forces, who took the pledge and re-enlisted.
A symbol of a new generation trying to live up to the example set by the "Greatest Generation."
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