Posted: Dec 7, 2009 5:53 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Dec 7, 2009 6:05 PM
As our country remembered the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, some local veterans reflected on how much Americans truly value sacrifices made by military members.
Veterans and others attended a ceremony at the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge to honor the 2,400 Americans who died on December 7, 1941. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, which led to the United States joining World War II.
A gun salute and speech from Mayor-President Kip Holden were highlights of the ceremony in Baton Rouge. The mayor encouraged people to reflect on the sacrifices our military men and women have made.
Some veterans were disappointed by the small turnout at the ceremony.
"If this was a football game, LSU or Southern, this place would be completely stuffed with people," said Leroy Jenkins, a navy veteran.
"It bothers me that people aren't remembering World War II enough," said Martin Schreiber, a WWII veteran. "Seeing the crowd grow smaller every year is kind of painful to me."
Forty-five soldiers from Louisiana died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.