Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Americans are remembering those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

Several thousand people who gathered Saturday at Pearl Harbor observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. They were joined by about 50 survivors of the attack.

The Navy and National Park Service co-hosted of the public ceremony.

The current U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., said the U.S. remembers Pearl Harbor and is vigilant.

Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, choking back tears at times, spoke of his father who served in the Navy during the war. In his keynote address, Cleland called him "my hero."

Cleland also specifically addressed the Pearl Harbor veterans who returned. He said " thank you for teaching us all how to survive."

Cleland, who lost both legs and his right arm fighting in the Vietnam War, is currently secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. The commission is responsible for managing overseas cemeteries for fallen American troops.

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