MONTVILLE, NJ – Residents gathered at the Community Park Youth Center to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor in a ceremony presented by VFW Post 5481.
The Dec. 7 ceremony, led by former post commander Frank Warholic and aided by William Bashaw, Post Commander of Pompton Lakes VFW Post 2906, included wreaths, flags and a commemorative Naval teddy bear placed at a temporary memorial to remember those lost on that day. Songs such as “God Bless America,” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” and “Let’s Remember Pearl Harbor” were played. Nick Sisco sang the National Anthem.
Warholic read President Roosevelt’s address of Dec. 8, 1941, which stated in part,
“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
The Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippine Islands, Wake Island and Midway Island.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.”
According to the America’s Library website, more than 2,300 Americans died that day, 12 ships were beached or sank, and nine were damaged.
The members of the post presented a gun salute for those fallen on that day.
“By laying down their lives they have shown supreme love for others,” Warholic said in his benediction. “May their offer not be in vain.”