Pearl Harbor survivors Bill Thornton, who was serving aboard USS Tennessee during the attack, and
George Bland, who was serving aboard USS West
Virginia, attended the ceremony. Members of the
Virginia War Memorial staff, Richmond Council members, area Sea Cadet and Navy Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps units, and members of the Marine
Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9808 and
U.S. Army Recruiting Center Richmond also attended
and took part in the ceremony.
In his address, Richmond Council President Milton
Owen emphasized the need for each generation of
Americans to study and learn from the events that drew
the country into World War II, according to a report in
the Richmond Council newsletter The Lucky Bag.
The memorial service concluded with those in
attendance joining the singing of “God Bless America,”
followed by buglers playing “Taps.”
Following the ceremony, the council hosted a Pearl
Harbor Luncheon at the Willow Oaks Country Club.
RADM Herman A. Shelanski, director of the
Naval Operations, was the guest speaker. He reflected
on the events of Pearl Harbor and the War of 1812,
And in Italy, the Rome Council
organized and hosted an evening
dedicated to the remembrance of
Pearl Harbor, with guests U.S.
Navy RDML John C. Scorby, com-
mander, Navy Region Europe,
Africa, Southwest Asia; and CAPT
Kenneth Canete, U.S. Naval Forces
Europe/Africa Italy liaison at U.S.
Naval Forces Europe/Sixth Fleet.
The event was held in a private
lounge at Elle Restaurant near the
U.S. Embassy in Rome.
In his welcome speech, Scorby
congratulated President Laila
“Pearl Harbor set the stage for unprecedented
national unity, and an unequalled contribution toward
the war effort with both manpower and material,”
Canete said. “Further, America’s ability to project naval
superiority and global presence abroad was changed
forever with the emergence of the aircraft carrier.
“All recognize not only the military strength of the
ship and her aircraft, but moreso that it’s mere presence
represents our unwavering resolve to promote peace
and freedom, not just for the security of the United
States, but for all who rely on the [maritime] commons
for security, stability, and prosperity.
“We’ve also learned that respect for other cultures
results in their respect for our own. And through these
partnerships, we learned to be introspective, constantly refining our own strengths and values as we draw
and learn from the best of others,” he said.
After his speech, a minute of silence was observed
for all those who had died in action in all wars worldwide. ■
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Pearl Harbor survivors Bill Thornton, left, and George Bland listen as the
names of each Virginian killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor are read while
the ship’s bell from the guided-missile cruiser USS Virginia is tolled during the
Pearl Harbor memorial service at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va.,
Dec. 7. Behind them are U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps cadets David Sandborn,
left, and Lucas Aparicio.