Ceremony at Pearl Harbor to mark 75th anniversary of attack

Thousands to attend ceremony in honor of those killed in 1941 attack

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.(all times Hawaii):

5: 28 a.m.

President Barack Obama in Washington issued a statement Wednesday on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama join Americans in “remembering those who gave their lives” on Dec. 7, 1941.

More than 2,300 service people died that day.

Obama said “we can never repay the profound debt of gratitude we owe to those who served on our behalf.”

Thousands, including servicemen and women and members of the public, are expected to attend a ceremony at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the anniversary.

The president said he will visit the U SS Arizona Memorial later this month with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

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9:25 p.m.

Surprise, fear, anger and pride.

That’s what Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing recalls about the attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II.

Downing plans to return to Pearl Harbor Wednesday with other survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack that left more than 2,300 service people dead.

Thousands of servicemen and women and members of the public are also expected to attend the ceremony.

Downing, a 103-year-old resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, served on the USS West Virginia, which lost 106 men.

He says he spent two hours fighting fires and checking the name tags of the dead so he could write their families personal notes about how they died.

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