A small crowd gathered shortly after 9 a.m. Friday at the Rushville American Legion, 103 S. Morgan Street, for this year’s Pearl Harbor Day service,
Many in attendance were local veterans and represented the various branches of the armed forces.
Sgt. Major Bob Brown (USMC retired) greeted those in attendance and thanked them for taking time out of their busy holiday schedules to remember American soldiers and civilians who lost their lives the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.
“We have seen what war can do, not only to our people, but also to the enemy. They were probably just like us, some were farmers, or worked in a store. They were parents and sons or daughters. No one wins during war,” Sgt. Major Brown said.
He continued by saying that it is important to remember the events that led up to, occurred the day of and were the result of Pearl Harbor, by saying that he and other veterans wish the educational system would teach new generations of students the history of not only World War II but other conflicts and wars that involved Americans and are a part of our American history.
“We must remember what wars do and the men and women that sacrificed their lives,” he said.
Brown concluded his brief talk on the importance of choices.
“The people at Pearl Harbor did not have a chance, but they made a choice once the bombing began. They went to their stations and did their duty, In the face of horror, death and destruction they did what they were trained to do. Today, we to need to do our duty and go to our stations, and it starts with voting, being a part of the system that plans and paves the road for America’s future,” Brown said.
The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute by the Rush County Honor Guard and the playing of Taps.
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