Valley remembers Pearl Harbor with local events

Events are scheduled Wednesday in Struthers, Austintown and at Kent State University's Trumbull campus

The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941 (Associated Press).

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Wednesday, Dec. 7 is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that caused the U.S. to enter Word War II.

In Oahu, Hawaii, the U.S. military and the State of Hawaii are hosting a series of remembrance events throughout the week to honor the courage and sacrifices of those who served during Dec. 7, 1941, and throughout the Pacific Theater.

Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Bishop, from Youngstown, Ohio, participates in a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. Dec. 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. The U.S. military and the State of Hawaii are hosting a series of remembrance events throughout the week to honor the courage and sacrifices of those who served during Dec. 7, 1941, and throughout the Pacific Theater. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region.

Robert Bishop, a Pearl Harbor survivor from Youngstown, is in attendance.

His story from 1941 includes being a Petty Officer aboard the USS Tennessee when the Japanese attacked. The planes began their attack at 7:55 a.m., flying in low and dropping bombs.

Locally, there are a number of events scheduled to commemorate Pearl Harbor.

AMVETS Post 44 held a ceremony at 11 a.m. at their post on Elm Street in Struthers.

A 100-foot traveling wall will be on display at the Austintown Middle School auditorium from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Kent State University’s Trumbull campus, in conjunction with the Warren Tribune-Chronicle, will host a talk on the Pearl Harbor attack.

Pearl Harbor Survivor James Werner, of Bristol, will be the keynote speaker.

Werner was only 18 years old when he enlisted and served for six years.

He witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the liberation of the Philippines and many other islands in the Pacific.