Friday was December 7. It's the day we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A Bedford County man was there in 1941. He's a survivor who hopes this attack won't be forgotten.
Harry Guilliams still has copies of the Honolulu newspaper published hours after the attack.
He knows the papers are valuable to others but for him it's sentimental. He says the memories aren't easy.
"It's about time for me to forget about it but every year it still comes up," says Guilliams who is 93.
The attack started just before 8 in the morning.
"Two or three of us were standing around after breakfast and we noticed these planes coming over Honolulu," says Guilliams, "And all at once we started hearing bombs going off."
Guilliam and his unit went to Hickam Field and loaded their equipment. They were protecting the airplanes there. He says a Japanese plane then flew right at them.
"We started firing and smoke came out the airplane," says Guilliams, "One of us had hit it."
The attack by the Japanese lasted for several hours. When it was over 2,400 Americans were dead and 1,200. Guilliams was lucky.
"We didn't lose a man in the unit I was in," says Guilliams.
Now 71 years later, Guilliams has one last request. He wants December 7 to be a federal holiday.