Pearl Harbor Remembered Amidst Pandemic

 Navy opts for remote ceremonies to protect aged veterans.

On Monday, December 7, the National Parks Service and the Navy will host a ceremony at Pearl Harbor to honor the veterans who served at the titular event in 1941. U.S. Navy crews were preparing for a football game when the Japanese launched an aerial assault on the U.S. harbor. More than 2,300 U.S. troops died in the Japanese attack on the Navy port.

The ceremony, like many other events this year, will be live-streamed in order to protect U.S. citizens from spreading and contracting COVID-19. The veterans who would have attended are disappointed, but understanding. 101-year-old Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch, who was present at the bombing of pearl harbor, said, “That’s the way it goes. You got to ride with the tide.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. veterans like Mickey Ganitch as they weather the current pandemic.
  • That the live-stream the Navy has prepared would honor World War II veterans meaningfully.
  • That the U.S. government would continue to care for all who have faithfully served in the Armed Forces.

Sources: AP, NPR


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