Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:57

Bangor community comes together for Pearl Harbor ceremony Featured

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BANGOR - 76 years ago today over 2,400 Americans lost their lives in Pearl Harbor.

Today the Bangor community came together for a ceremony to honor all those who sacrificed their lives for our country.

 

Pearl Harbor was a major turning point in American history.

 

Retired senior chief in U.S. Navy Curtis Slininger said "So we'd like to recognize all those who have sacrificed and served during that time and kept us as a country today being able to do what we do."

 

The marine corp league says this ceremony is a great way to keep history alive in Bangor.

 

Marine corp league Donald Kozerow said "If you don't remember your history. Your history is where you come from and it's like they say for those who don't remember history are doomed and repeated. So remembering things like this what gets you into war and hopefully it keeps you out in the future."

 

During the ceremony they toss a wreath into the Kenduskeag stream which is also a famous tradition in Hawaii.

 

"When you're in Hawaii and you're there on pearl harbor day there's a wreath right at the USS Arizona. So we continue that tradition wherever we celebrate pearl harbor and the rest of the country we lay a wreath" said Slininger.

 

All states had service members who witnessed the attack including from right here in Maine.

 

The marine corp league was apart of the ceremony in honor of marines who either retired or left active duty.

 

"We gather together to do ceremonies like this we do funeral honors for veterans, we march in parades, we get together and have a good time" said Kozerow.

 

Shonna Narine

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