Pearl Harbor Veterans Honored at US Navy Memorial in Washington DC – December 7, 2013 – iHistory WW2 Video Contest for Students

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

On December 7th I had the honor of attending the Pearl Harbor memorial service at the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC.  Pearl Harbor survivors present were; Major Albert Grasselli, who was a PFC stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield when the Japanese attacked, and STC Howard Snell who was stationed at Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor.

There were only two veterans of Pearl Harbor who were able to come. It’s sad to think that soon there won’t be any left.  Seeing them reminded me of the urgency of  connecting today’s youth with the Greatest Generation and collecting the remaining WWII veterans’ stories while we still can.  I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to know and interview a local New Mexico veteran of Pearl Harbor (read the story on my previous blog post) and I strive to inspire today’s youth to do the same via our iHistory WW2 video contest.

As a professional photographer I always have my camera with me.  Below are some of the moving event in Washington D.C.

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Color Guard during a Pearl Harbor service at the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STC (SS) Howard Snell USN talking with JROTC students.
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Rear Adm. Mark Rich, commandant of Naval District Washington, shakes the hand of Pearl Harbor survivor, Major Albert Grasselli, who was a PFC stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield when the Japanese attacked. Grasselli is also a veteran of the Battle of Midway.
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Lou Large, president of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, speaking at the service.
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A great group of JROTC students came for the event.
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Left to right: Unknown Naval Office, Rear Adm. Mark Rich, Lou Large, and Pearl Harbor veterans STC Howard Snell, and Major Albert Grasselli.
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It was moving to see the respect of the passersby.
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A child bows his head during the chaplain’s prayer.
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The Honor Guard.
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Rear Adm. Mark Rich walks Lou Large to place a wreath.
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Major Albert Grasselli shakes hand of a JROTC cadet.
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STC (SS) Howard Snell, survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack, with iHistory Contest founder & project director, Jeffrey Worthington.


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