Transcript for Remembering Pearl Harbor
On this day in 1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and every year the survivors gather in Hawaii but the commemoration today was unlike any other. Nor will be like this again here's ABC's John Donvan. Today it all ends this seven years those -- with -- coming back to remember. Because they saw it and knew when the president called it a date which will live in infamy that it was true because they. Ceremonies like these have their place and war monuments no matter how old no matter which war tell their stories. But never as well as the soldiers who were there -- Tilton will into their old age. But inevitably for each -- the last veteran dies. And that part of the past somehow linked to protections for the rest of us from the world we consider hours. -- that point is coming close with Pearl Harbor survivors because their numbers are dwindling. And their strength fading after today after marking the decades together the national Pearl Harbor survivors association. Officially disband -- To take a good look at these faces. They -- -- that day of infamy. And for as long as they are still here with us than what they witnessed remains part of the here and now. The belongs to all of us even seventy years on. John Donvan ABC news Washington.
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