SPOKANE, Wash. -- World War II veteran, Ray Garland, said he will never forget December 7, 1941. It was the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese.
Garland was on the USS Tennessee right next to the USS Arizona when it was attacked.
“I watched the Arizona blow up. There was a lot of concussion. To this day, I have ringing in my ears,” said Garland.
After Pearl Harbor, Garland went on to bomb disposal school in Washington D.C. but his time there was limited.
The Inland Northwest Honor Flight helped bring him and his brothers in arms back to see the memorial built in their honor.
“I never got to see the things I got to see during honor flight. They did a real good job of getting us around and showing us everything,” said Garland.
On Monday, Garland and other Pearl Harbor survivors will be signing copies of the book, “Radioman”, to raise money for Honor Flight.
The book is about Spokane native, Ray Daves, who was also at Pearl Harbor during the attack.
For Garland and many others, honoring the men and women who served and never forgetting their sacrifice is important now more than ever.
Garland and other veterans will be signing copies of the book Monday at Auntie’s Book Store at 1:00 p.m. on Monday.