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Veterans Home commemorates anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Congresswoman Annie Kuster addressed an audience at the New Hampshire Veterans home about the attack on Pearl Harbor last Friday morning. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
December 12, 2018
TILTON – A capacity audience filled the Town Hall auditorium at the New Hampshire Veterans Home on Friday, Dec. 7, for the home's annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony. This year marked the 77th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack that drew the United States into World War II.

At 7:48 a.m. (Hawaiian time) on that fateful day in 1941, the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft, striking all eight battleships in the port and sinking four of them. Several other ships and numerous aircraft were also damaged or destroyed. As a result of the attack, the first of its kind to occur in the United States, 2,335 military personnel from the Navy, Army and Marines were killed along with 103 civilians. While three of the battleships that sank that day were raised, repaired and eventually returned to service, the U.S.S. Arizona still lies today in its watery grave below the Pearl Harbor Memorial.

Lakes Region historian Warren D. Hughes of Laconia was the keynote speaker for the event at the Veterans Home last Friday, and he outlined the swift reactions to the attack on the home front as the initial shock began to fade. Also on hand with remarks about that Day of Infamy were New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster and representatives of the state's other three Congressional offices.

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