Nugget of Knowledge: Pearl Harbor, 75 years later

Only a fraction of Pearl Harbor survivors are alive today

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Some 16 million Americans served in uniform during World War II, and there are about 690,000 still living.

This country had 60,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stationed at Pearl Harbor on that December 7 morning. Only a fraction are still alive today.

In 1991, during the 50th anniversary of the attack, 2,000 survivors came back to Hawaii to remember that day. This week, about 100 survivors will be there — all in their 90s.

The commemorations began December 1 and continue for 11 days, with wreath-laying and sunset services, as well as movies on the beach like “From Here to Eternity.”

It’s not all somber.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform, four college basketball teams are competing in an invitational, and actor Gary Sinise and his band will play at Waikiki beach.

And later this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor.

Will he apologize? Unlikely.

President Barack Obama will be there with him.

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