Nation, Fort Wayne Honor Lives Lost At Pearl Harbor

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

December 7, 2013 Updated Dec 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Fort Wayne remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor and honors the men and women who lost their lives 72 years ago.

The attack by Japanese bombers at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941, lasted more than two hours, claimed the lives of more than 2,500 Americans, and wounded 1,000 others. Eighteen American ships were damaged or sunk.

More than 2,000 veterans and their families gathered at Pearl Harbor for a moment of silence at 7:55 Saturday morning, the exact time that the first bombs hit 72 years ago.

In Fort Wayne, the Allen County War Memorial coliseum hosted a remembrance ceremony in memorial hall Saturday morning.

"This year is kind of getting to where everybody is passing away but as many people that can show up do and we have a really good time here at the dedication. If you don't know history, it will repeat itself somewhere along the line,” said Clarence Queen, 3rd District Cheminot.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence ordered flags across Indiana to be flown at half-staff until sunset in remembrance of Pearl Harbor.

To this day it's said that if you visit the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor you'll see fuel that continues to leak from the wreckage.

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