SPOKANE--Friday the United States marks the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people at Pearl Harbor. Eight Spokane area Pearl Harbor survivors marked the anniversary in a special ceremony over the Spokane River.
Seven decades have passed since that day, but survivors of the attack still remember it vividly. They say the memories are not good ones, but it's important we don't forget what happened on this day, 71 years ago.
The eight Pearl Harbor survivors adorned with red and white Hawaiian leis, stepped out into the Spokane rain and let their leis go into the churning Spokane River. The leis were a symbol and a gift from students in Shadle Park High School’s horticulture workshop.
The Lilac City Chapter of Pearl Harbor Survivors has nine remaining members. All but one made it to Friday’s ceremony.