The 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is approaching and although many of those who survived the attack have since passed, the history and importance of remembering the events of that fateful day must carry on.

This is why the Sharp County Veterans Service organizations will host a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Service Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. on the Spring Street Bridge in Hardy as they have done for over a decade.

This year, according to Sharp County American Legion Commander Dick Sackett, Hardy Mayor Ernie Rose will be the speaker.

“We know it is cold, it will be a short service, Ernie Rose will be the commemorative speaker and we’d like to have everyone come out to remember this important event,” Sackett said. “Pastor Kendrick from the First Baptist Church will do the Invocation and Benediction and the Honor Team will provide honors for those in remembrance and those that serve.”

Sackett noted it was vital to carry on the tradition and pause each year to remember the events.

“We don’t have any survivors either in our area or in the United States I believe. It is an awesome event we should never forget because it has everything to do with what could happen tomorrow or any day. This was a bunch of courageous men who served their country not knowing what would happen and served their country well,” Sackett said.

If this year’s weather holds to tradition, those who plan to attend are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a folding chair.

With the chance of rain at 50 percent, it may not be a bad idea to bring a raincoat or umbrella as well.

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