SPOKANE, Wash. – A crowd gathered at the STA Plaza in Downtown Spokane during a flag day celebration Friday afternoon.
Speakers honored World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors.
Betty Schott, 96, survived the bombings at Pearl Harbor. She recently lost her husband who was with her the day of the bombings. She met her husband Warren on a blind date.
“She introduced me to him on the 4th of July at a picnic and that was it,” said Schott.
Schott remembers the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. She was a Navy wife on Ford Island, one of the first places hit in Pearl Harbor where more than 60 people were killed.
“We had just gotten up out of bed. Heard a lot of noise,” said Schott.
In 2002, her husband and she were among only 100 members of the Spokane Pearl Harbor survivors group. Betty is now just one of six.
Friday, the author of “Radioman,” a book about eyewitness accounts during the attack, shared their experiences.
Pearl Harbor survivors said their mission is to pass on their message to generations even after they are gone. They will dedicate a memorial stone out the Veterans Arena in December on the 73rd anniversary of the attack.