Downing and Huggins were nominated as honorary
members of the council for their “heroic service to the
United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7,
1941.” The council was slated to vote on the nominations Jan. 14.
In Phoenix, the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor
was marked by the dedication of the “Guns to Salute
the Fallen” World War II memorial at the Wesley Bolin
Plaza on the Arizona State Capitol Mall that was
attended by several thousand people, including three
of the nine living survivors of the battleship USS
Arizona, which was sunk during the attack with the
loss of nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines.
The Phoenix memorial features plaques with the
names of the 1,902 Arizonans who were killed during
World War II on nine blue steel columns straddled by
gun barrels salvaged from USS Arizona and USS
Missouri, which represented the bookends of the Pacific
War, according to Dennis Dickerson, the Navy
League’s Arizona Area president. The signing of the
instrument of surrender by the Japanese that officially
ended World War II took place aboard Missouri on
Sept. 2, 1945.
Dickerson presented a wreath on behalf of the Navy
League during the memorial ceremony. The wreath
was first placed at a replica of USS Arizona, then later
moved to the memorial, he said.
Sea Cadets from the Veterans Pride Battalion, Phoenix
Division and Mykel K. Miller Battalion from the Phoenix
area, and the USS Missouri Division from Bridgeton, Mo.,
participated in the event as escorts for dignitaries, including Pearl Harbor veterans.
The ceremony capped a three-year project to save
the rusting gun barrels from an East Coast scrapyard
led by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Bennett
presided over the formal dedication. Retired RADM
Scott Sanders was the featured guest speaker.
“We remember how our lives can change in the flicker of a moment,” Sanders said, according to a Navy
News Service report on the ceremony.
About 2,000 motorcyclists from the American
Legion and other veterans’ groups also took part in the
memorial ceremony, which featured a flyover of a vintage B- 17 bomber.
In Richmond, Va., the Richmond Council once
again organized the Pearl Harbor memorial service
held at the Virginia War Memorial on Dec. 7. More
than 250 people attended the event, which included a
presentation of wreaths and the reading of the names
of each Virginian killed during the attack on Pearl
Harbor as the ship’s bell from the guided-missile cruiser Virginia was tolled by Navy Boatswain’s Mate 2nd
Class Kevin Carrow and a hand salute rendered by
Yeoman 2nd Class Antonio Wilson.
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Retired RADM Scott Sanders gives a presentation as a guest speaker during the dedication of the “Guns to Salute the
Fallen” World War II memorial in Phoenix Dec. 7. The memorial features gun barrels salvaged from the battleships USS
Arizona and USS Missouri.