An American flag is lowered to half-staff to honor those killed in the Pearl Harbor attack
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Pine Belt veterans organization is remembering the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Wednesday morning, the Pine Belt Chapter-2 of the Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association hosted a flag-raising ceremony at the Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over Interstate 59.
AFTEA members say they did it to honor the thousands of people who were killed in that attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
"It saddens me in a certain sense of the word and it also makes me feel proud of those people who sacrificed so much," said John Goodman, a World War II veteran who was 15-years-old when the attack occcured.
"History sort of repeats itself and if we get lulled into something else again like we did in Pearl Harbor, then we could have this incident happen all over again," said Marion Walley, president of the Pine Belt Chapter-2 of the Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association
About one dozen members of AFTEA took part in the ceremony.