By SHELLEY TERRY - firstname.lastname@example.org
Area veterans honored those who died and those who lived to remember the attacks on Pearl Harbor during a ceremony Friday at Veterans Park, exactly 71 years later.
Hector Martinez played the bugle to present the arms.
The Rev. Robert Leonard led the small crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lakeside High School senior Courtney Bailey sang the National Anthem, and later, she sang, “My Country Tis of Thee” acapella.
In his opening prayer, the Rev. Stephen Long of First Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula thanked God for “this day of remembrance of what took place 71 years ago and the sacrifice that was made by men and women.”
In his speech, Leonard recalled what happened on that day in paradise — in Hawaii — when a total of 1,177 men died.
Private Henry Kalinowski of Ashtabula was one of 109 Marines killed at Pearl Harbor, but he was the first of 194 from Ashtabula to die.
Leonard spoke of the attack and of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech — “a date which will live in infamy.”
He also talked about the long lines at the recruiting stations across the country on Dec. 9 as “the country answered the call.”
“These men and women went to war and gave and fought for you, even though they didn’t know you,” he said. “We honor them and salute them.”
The American Legion Post 103 Honor Guard, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 231 in Ashtabula and Pvt. Henry Kalinowski Det. No. 782 Marine Corp. League participated in the ceremony, providing a 21-gun salute followed by taps.
The Rev. Fred Grimm, chaplain of the Pvt. Henry Kalinowski Marine Corp. League and pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson, gave the benediction. He asked for forgiveness of all of those involved in the Pearl Harbor attack and the Lord’s blessings.