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Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force holds Pearl Harbor remembrance

POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

Monday is the 74th anniversary of the tragic attacks on Pearl Harbor, but Sunday the Savannah Navy League took time out to honor those heroes. WTOC's Georgiaree Godfrey was at the observance Sunday afternoon and found out why Pearl Harbor is still relevant today even after almost 75 years.

More than 2,500 Americans were killed that tragic day when the Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II and ultimately laid the groundwork for future international relationships. But Sunday, dozens of people paid homage to those who sacrificed so much for our country.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force opened its atrium Sunday afternoon to veterans, their families and government officials to remember the lives lost on Dec. 7th and to show gratitude for two Pearl Harbor survivors from the Savannah area.

The president of the Navy League and a World War II veteran say it's important to remember the past so history doesn't repeat itself.

"We need to always stay prepared and to go back into history and to look at how things have happened and know that we, the United States of America, should always be prepared and never underestimate anyone else that's out there," said Savannah Navy League President Pat Yovich.

"People don't understand what it's like. You can't explain it. It happens and there you are," said WWII veteran William Myrkle. "To keep track of things when you study in school, study and pay attention to it. Don't just bluff it off, because it's real."

Georgiaree spoke with several people who visited the Pearl Harbor site after the attacks, and they recalled seeing the oil spills from where the Arizona sank. The event concluded with a reading of the poem "Arizona", which told the story of the Pearl Harbor attacks from the viewpoint of the ship herself.

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