SPOKANE, Wash. -- The local chapter of the national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association planned a special ceremony Saturday, on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
An STA bus was scheduled to take more than 20 World War II veterans from the Harvard Park retirement community to the Howard Street Bridge in Downtown Spokane for the ceremony. Seven Pearl Harbor military survivors - four sailors, two soldiers, and one marine - would be in attendance along with two civilian survivors and widows of survivors.
Before the ceremony, the survivors autographed 127 copies of the book ‘Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.' The book was written by local author Carol Edgemon Hipperson based on interviews with the late Ray Daves, a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and an eyewitness to World War II. Edgemon Hipperson collaborated Daves' accounts with the seven local Pearl Harbor survivors honored at the Havard Park book signing.
The youngest of the Pearl Harbor Survivors from the Spokane area is 90 years old. The oldest is 98.
Spokane Mayor David Condon presented the survivors with floral leis at the book signing, which the veterans would wear at the ceremony Downtown.
The short ceremony on the Howard Street Bridge, “A Salute to the Fallen," was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The service included a 21-gun salute and a wreath laying in honor of the victims.