On Pearl Harbor Day, flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset to honor our servicepeople who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941.
After our Pearl Harbor service here in Vermilion, I took a ride down Liberty Avenue from Decatur Street east to Drug Mart. Out of 12 flags I saw flying, only six were at half-staff: the library, Exchange Park, Victory Park, Rotary Park, the post office and Fifth Third Bank.
Are we too quick to forget what happened Dec. 7, 1941?
On the USS Arizona, 1,177 servicepeople were killed; 75 were recovered and 1,102 still remain in the hull of that ship.
The USS Utah is still submerged at Pearl Harbor with an unknown number of men inside.
John Vargo, President
Vermilion Veterans Council