December 7, 2017




Pearl Harbor Day remembered

Veterans place flowers in the Hudson in honor of the victims of the Pearl Harbor attack
(Photo: Bob McCormick)

NEWBURGH – Whether it was at the Hudson River, the Wallkill River or elsewhere in the Hudson Valley or Catskills, on Thursday, December 7, veterans groups honored the memories of the 2,403 Americans who were killed when the Japanese bombed the Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii.

In Newburgh, veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf wars and current conflicts, attended along with Gold Star Mothers, public officials and supporters of members of the armed forces.

State Senator William Larkin learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor when he came out of a movie theater with friends. It was hearing about the attack that led him to enlist.

“I went into combat at 16-years-old. I don’t regret one day of it. I was an enlisted man, so I know from the ground up. I retired as an Army colonel. I commanded companies in combat and I am proud of what we did. This is the greatest county in the world and if we don’t stop playing around… we need to start realizing this is America; this is our country,” he said.

Larkin is now two months shy of 90-years-old. He joined dozens of others on the Newburgh waterfront on Thursday as veterans placed flowers and wreathes in the Hudson River to honor those who died at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago.



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