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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor Memorial
The Pearl Harbor Memorial
Credit US Navy History and Heritage Command
One of the iconic images from December 7, 1941 - the battleship West Virginia after it sank.

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor will be remembered this weekend. The Milan American Legion will hold its annual observance on Sunday, one day before the 74th anniversary of the event that led the US to enter World War II. 

Legion adjutant, Norman Dunlap, says there are just two members left of the Quad Cities Pearl Harbor Survivors Club, and both are now in their 90's.
They are Al Taylor who was an ambulance dispatcher on December 7th 1941, and Eldon Baxter who was serving on the battleship West Virginia when it was torpedoed by Japanese warplanes.

Dunlap says one of their traditions for Pearl Harbor Day each year, is to serve a meal of chipped or ground beef on toast - or as it's been known to generations of soldiers, "S-O-S."

Our members associate it with their service in the military.

Along with what he describes as a "nostalgic military meal," there'll be a musical program, and a chance to talk with Pearl Harbor survivors.

The public is welcome and all veterans are encouraged to attend - it begins at 1 pm Sunday (515 West lst Avenue, Milan).