WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Decades have passed since Pearl Harbor, but the day is still fresh in many people’s minds. That includes those who weren’t there, but heard the stories from their loved ones.
KSN Photojournalist Dylan Dietz went to Wichita’s VA Center to capture a local ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“We are here today to honor the sacrifice and service of our WWII veterans: our greatest generation. And remember Pearl Harbor.”
“On this, the 75th anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on a Sunday morning years ago, we remember those survivors, who in the recent years were with us.”
“They came from all walks of life. They were combat pilots…infantrymen. “
“More than 3,000 armed forces, personnel and civilians were killed that day, and nearly 1,500 others were wounded. That was a sneak attack. There was no warning.”
And that’s when the real heroes come forward.”
“And when they returned, they rebuilt our nation.”
“And they’ve all gone on to their final roll call.”
“And this year, we have the remains of four Kansans that came home and are back in Kansas soil.”
“My brother-in-law, Louis Wagoner, that was brought back on October the 9th.”
“And it has lifted my head that we have him home.”
“We are just glad that he was brought home and I wish they could get all of them home. I hope our newer generation can take over and do what is already being done.”
“I’d like to see it go on. I’ve implored some historical youthful people to come forward and to carry on.”
“I want to promise my grandpa that I will carry the torch and tell more kids my age about what happened on December 7th and the lives that were lost defending our country.”