Sixty-nine years later, it is still a day that lives in "infamy"
On Tuesday morning, American Legion Post 62 took time to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor Day - Dec. 7, 1941. Members of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council as well as those from American Legion Post 62 on Central Avenue were in attendance.
"Today, many may not remember Pearl Harbor, but almost all of us have first-hand experience of a terrible attack on our homeland," said John Miga, vice commander of the Legion. "Sept. 11, 2001, will also be remembered for generations to come - just as we remember Dec. 7, 1941."
Miga noted how the attack on Pearl Harbor was a "low point" for the United States. But our country has come a "long way" since the attack. "Amid all the technological changes, it is to those of us gathered here to keep alive the tragic lesson of Pearl Harbor," he said.
Students from Northern Chautauqua Catholic School led the pledge of allegiance at the ceremony while members of the veterans council took part in the military gun salute.
"Dec. 7 is a lesson for all ages," Miga said. "That is why we are here today.
Students from the seventh- and eighth-grade history club from Northern Chautauqua Catholic School participate in the ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor Day.
"Don't let anyone forget it."