MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) There were flags waving in the wind, light blue skies above, and heavy hearts at ceremony in Martinsville where people gathered to remember a day that forever changed our history.
A day that will live in infamy.
75 years later, we all pause to remember the 24-hundred American lives lost in Pearl Harbor, and at Roselawn Burial Park and Chapel, a commemoration of the attack on our nation was held.
"It's not often you get this many heroes in one place at one time," Martinsville Mayor Danny Turner said. "They're all in their 90s so we might have many more chances to do this."
Around 15 World War Two veterans attended the service in Martinsville, where bands played, people took turns speaking, and they laid a wreath at the mausoleum of veteran, Herbert Gibbs.
"Herb Gibbs was at Pearl Harbor and he was born on December, 7, so at 7:30 in the morning he was trying to put plans together, 1941, of how he's spend his birthday. I think the Japanese probably settled how he'd spend the next three and a half years,” Turner said.
James Rogers served as a Marine for 21 years. He fought in World War Two, and in four battles in the Korean War where he was wounded.
Today, his family brought him to Martinsville to remember.
Members of the "greatest generation" are preserving their memories so future generations never forget what happened on this day in our history.
The exchange club supplied 150 flags for the ceremony at Roselawn.