CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Students from the JR ROTC program at Petal High School learned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 during a visit to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby Friday.
Dec. 7 was the 71st anniversary of that surprise attack, which killed more than two thousand Americans and prompted the US to enter World War Two.
More than 90 student toured an exhibit, viewed slide shows and watched a brief film about the subject.
"The actual exhibit itself is very extensive and I enjoy all of the detail they put into everything," said Austin Heath, a senior at Petal High School.
"All of this stuff has really opened my eyes and made me realize how important (Pearl Harbor) really was," said Hannah Smith, another senior student.
"Having Camp Shelby this close and this awesome museum is just a valuable resource to bring the kids out and let them learn," said Sergeant Major Don Dubose, an Army instructor with Petal High School's JR ROTC program.
This is the first year the school has offered that program.