WVU holds remembrance ceremony in honor of Pearl Harbor victims

MARION COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- West Virginia University and local community organizations gathered for a day of remembrance of the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor Friday morning.

The event that was held at the USS West Virginia mast and bell in front of the historic Oglebay Hall at WVU, honored both the brave Americans who died in the attack and those who survived.

Veteran Wilbert England of VFW Post 9916, spoke about the importance of remembering “the day which will live in infamy.”

England said “America is getting away from teaching its history to our kids. How do you know what you’re doing, if you don’t know where you’ve been? Are we doomed to repeat all these mistakes that we made or do we learn from our mistakes?”

A total of 2,403 Americans died when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.