Remembering Pearl Harbor


Solemn service notes anniversary

By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP



Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler is pictured as he tosses a wreath into the Ohio River Tuesday, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler is pictured as he tosses a wreath into the Ohio River Tuesday, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.


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V.F.W. Chaplain Kenneth White is shown as he reads a special Pearl Harbor Day memorial prayer during a service Tuesday at the Mason levee.


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The V.F.W. and American Legion honor guard is shown as they wait on the signal for a gun salute during a Pearl Harbor Day service Tuesday. The day marked 80 years since the surprise attack by the Japanese that led to America entering World War II.


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OHIO VALLEY — Members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven joined at the Mason levee Tuesday to remember those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor 80 years ago.

The surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 launched America’s involvement in World War II.

Each year, the two local veterans organizations join at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park to place a wreath into the Ohio River in remembrance of the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the attack. This year, the wreath was tossed into the river by V.F.W. Post Commander Ronie Wheeler.

The short, but solemn, service consisted of the wreath, a gun salute, the playing of “Taps,” and the following Pearl Harbor Day memorial prayer, led by V.F.W. Chaplain Kenneth White:

“Heavenly Father, we are gathered here to commemorate those among Thy servants who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Because of their dedication to duty we still enjoy the freedoms we inherited from our forefathers. Because they served well, we are proud to call them our own. We ask that, following in their footsteps, we may continue in Thy service until Thy summons comes. Then, in the knowledge that we have striven to observe Thy councils and precepts, may be worthy to be united with them and with Thee forever. Amen”

The United States Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Aug. 23, 1994, and it was noted the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack in Hawaii.

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Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler is pictured as he tosses a wreath into the Ohio River Tuesday, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.8-PH-1.jpgStewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 Commander Ronie Wheeler is pictured as he tosses a wreath into the Ohio River Tuesday, in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

V.F.W. Chaplain Kenneth White is shown as he reads a special Pearl Harbor Day memorial prayer during a service Tuesday at the Mason levee.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.8-PH-2.jpgV.F.W. Chaplain Kenneth White is shown as he reads a special Pearl Harbor Day memorial prayer during a service Tuesday at the Mason levee. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

The V.F.W. and American Legion honor guard is shown as they wait on the signal for a gun salute during a Pearl Harbor Day service Tuesday. The day marked 80 years since the surprise attack by the Japanese that led to America entering World War II.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.8-PH-3.jpgThe V.F.W. and American Legion honor guard is shown as they wait on the signal for a gun salute during a Pearl Harbor Day service Tuesday. The day marked 80 years since the surprise attack by the Japanese that led to America entering World War II. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy
Solemn service notes anniversary

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]