Pearl Harbor 79th anniversary of attack goes mostly virtual

The annual reflection on Japan’s surprise attack on Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 — a cataclysmic event that triggered America’s involvement in World War II — is usually livestreamed from Pearl Harbor.

But this year, due to COVID-19, the 79th observance was broadcast for the first time without a critical presence: that of the aging eyewitnesses and other veterans who are able to relate firsthand the peril and uncertainty that the Unites States endured on Oahu and during the war years.

Nor were any members of the public on hand. Last year a dozen stooped Dec. 7 survivors, about 30 other World War II veterans and some 2,000 members of the public attended the commemoration on the back lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

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