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102-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran hopes history is not forgotten

years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:37 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2017 5:34 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — 76 years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II.

On Thursday, a remembrance ceremony was held at Riehle Plaza in Lafayette.

Pearl Harbor Wreath

Among the veterans at the event was 102-year-old Clarence Lawson.

Lawson was stationed at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day but was on the other side of the island during the attack.

He said people need to remember the invasion, so history is not repeated.

"Things like that can happen. You wouldn't think they could, but they can happen at any time. You have to be alert for all that stuff," said Lawson.

Karen Andrews came out to support her son, Marine Corporal Scott Andrews.

She says these services help younger generations remember those who came before them.

"The amazing sacrifices that the men and women from Pearl Harbor. We can't forget that. We always have to continue to observe them and honor them and appreciate everything they've done," said Andrews.

The ceremony ended on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge with a 21-gun salute and the playing of TAPS.

A wreath was also dropped into the Wabash River to honor the more than 2,300 Americans who died in the attack.

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