In the summer of 2001, I realized the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor would be on Dec. 7 that year. Since I was editor of a newsletter for an insurance company that served the military, I suggested a story and was put in touch with Joe Brant, a Leawood, Kan., resident and member of the local chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn.
PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION
Kansas City Metro Chapter III
Release Date: 7/17/08
Contact: Susan Pepperdine, (913) 262-7414, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Moore to Join in Aug. 15 Flag Raising
At Pearl Harbor Memorial Park
(MISSION, KAN.) … Rep. Dennis Moore will participate in a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15, at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial Park on the corner of Martway and Maple streets in Mission, Kan. Mission city officials, local Pearl Harbor survivors and other World War II veterans will also attend.
The American flag used will be one flown over the Capitol that Moore presented to PHSA Metro Chapter III President Dorwin Lamkin, Mission, during the June Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. (Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that honors America’s veterans for their sacrifices.)
Aug. 15 is the fourth anniversary of the park dedication and the 63rd anniversary of V-J Day, commemorating victory over Japan in World War II.
The park honors survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Located in the park are two granite benches displaying the names of 54 Metro Chapter III members and other Pearl Harbor veterans, both living and deceased. A three-ton anchor donated by the U.S. Navy and shipped from Williamsburg, Va., is also on display.
The event is free and the public is invited.