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L.C. Valley remembers Pearl Harbor 71 years later

L.C. Valley remembers Pearl Harbor 71 years later
LEWISTON, ID - Valley residents crowded the Southway boat ramp Friday morning to pay tribute to the many lives lost 71 years ago at Pearl Harbor.

In memorial to all sea services, Retired Marine Corps Major Kay Kalbfleisch reminded the community that those alive should not think of those shipmates taken on December 7th, 1941 as departed from us, but rather having been transferred to a celestial ship where someday crew members will meet again.

"The toll of the ships bell reminds us of the reverence we see to our departed shipmates and to those who guard this honor of our country, upon the seas, under the sea, in the air and upon foreign soil," said Kalbfleisch. "Let it be a reminder of the faith they confide in us, let us who gather here not forget our obligations and in silence be the prayer for our absent shipmates."

Many lives were lost within the tangled wreckage of warships and a shattered harbor following the waves of Japanese torpedo planes and aerial bombers that swept over the U.S. naval base so many years ago. But despite the tragic loss for the United States Military, our nation pays tribute to those who lie in the mass grave of Pearl Harbor every year on this day.

"This has become a symbol that doesn't just represent and honor those that died in Pearl Harbor, but as our country, it stands for a symbol that freedom is not free," said Retired Navy Captain D. Richard Wyatt.

"May God bless this most wonderful nation in the world and help us to continue what we have started many many ago and will continue to do in the future," Retired Navy Commander Chuck Whitman.

The Valley's only living Pearl Harbor survivor, 90-year-old Don Irby, was also honored at a separate event held at Jennifer Junior High School.

"It's kind of like something special I guess," said Irby.
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