Pearl Harbor monument dedicated at Lake Como

SMYRNA — Warriors past, present and future gathered near the edge of chilly Lake Como on Friday, connected by service to country.

With flags flapping overhead due to a consistent breeze into their faces, about 275 attendees gamely witnessed the unveiling of a monument dedicated to those who perished during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, along with others in the Pacific that day and those who served in the ensuing World War II.

Military veterans maintained steadfast attention during an hourlong Pearl Harbor memorial dedication ceremony spurred by Terry Baker and the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club.

The project took roughly 18 months to complete, requiring numerous assists from the private and public sectors during the process, all in the spirit of liberty, patriotism and remembrance of those who came before them.

A 6,200-pound anchor, chain and monument will show perpetual reverence to the so-called “Greatest Generation” that answered a call to duty 77 years ago.

Several wreaths were place at the monument’s base to conclude the gathering, preceded by chilling sound affects of bombs and explosions, aircraft, a radio announcement of the attack and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressing the country.

FDR’s description of Pearl Harbor as “a date which will live in infamy” and the Vietnam Veterans of America motto “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” were inscribed onto the monument, along with an image of the attack on battleship row on Dec. 7.

Early in a passionate keynote address, retired Navy Capt. Robert Clark II verbally saluted “those who heard their call to duty, were called to their watch (and responded) and did it out of a sense of duty and honor to our country.”

Capt. Clark, who served 32 years in the Navy’s Submarine Force and then as commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy before becoming President of Wesley College, described the attending veterans as his heroes with a clear “fire and passion” for service to the country.

Contingents from Delaware Military Academy and First State Military Academy also contributed to the ceremony,

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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