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Working to maintain the memory of Pearl Harbor

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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 6:23 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Dec 7, 2012 6:23 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Today marks 71 years since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. But despite the historical impact, there was not a very big crowd aboard the U.S.S. Kidd during a ceremony remembering the attack.

"Commemorating Pearl Harbor is something youngsters don't understand anymore," said Frank Masanz.

Masanz wasn't at Pearl Harbor, but was a sailor in World War II. He worries the memory of his comrades is starting to fade from later generations' minds.

"I don't know how many years I got left. But we had a good country when I enlisted in 1940," said Masanz.

However, there were a few fresh faces there: a group of homeschooled children.

"They didn't know they were gonna die but they just kept fighting," said Jordan Arnold.

12-year-old Jordan and his classmates come to the ceremony every year, thanks to his teacher, who also happens to be his mom.

"I want my children and my grandchildren even those yet to be born, to know that freedom is not free. And the great sacrifices that men and woman gave," said Sherry Arnold.

Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, who the U.S.S Kidd is named after, was one of the 2,400 people killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

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