NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a service was held in Hampshire County to honor those who died on December 7, 1941.
It was fitting that Wednesday’s service took place on the Pearl Harbor Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects Northampton to Easthampton. About 30 veterans stood on the bridge over the Oxbow on Route 5. They came from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Easthampton, Northampton, and South Hadley.
Veterans fired rounds into the air and stood in solidarity.
George Murray is a national council member for the VFW, and hopes future generations continue to observe this historic day.
“We don’t want anybody to forget any of the service people who have served in any conflict, even if they’re serving in another country or a peaceful country,” Murray said.
Together, the mayors of Northampton and Easthampton tossed the memorial wreath into the water as part of the ceremony.
The surprise attack 75 years ago was made by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the American naval base on the island of Oahu.The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan and entered World War II.