SOMERS POINT — Local veterans and officials will host a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony Sunday at the municipal beach.
The service, an annual tradition, will honor those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941.
“It is somewhat of a hallowed day and somber day for our nation,” said Mayor Jack Glasser. “Every year we must remember what went on, the same way we have a 9/11 service every year.”
Glasser and members of Cub Scouts Pack 55 will drop a wreath into the water during the event.
Speakers include Glasser, Jim Donahue, commander of Amvets Post 911, American Legion Post 352 Commander Bob Frolow and Assemblyman Chris Brown, R-Atlantic.
Donahue said the service has been around for a long time but was moved about eight years ago to the beach to symbolize the location of the bombing of the U.S. naval base in Hawaii that took the lives of 2,403 Americans.
“We chose 1 p.m. because there was a six-hour difference in time, so that when Pearl Harbor was being bombed at 7:55 (a.m.), it was almost 1 o’clock here,” he said.
Donahue said the ceremony will also honor all those who served during World War II.
“They’re known as the ‘Greatest Generation,’ and there’s a reason for that: None of us would be here if it weren’t for that group of people,” Donahue said. “It’s important to pass these memories and history onto our kids and grandkids so that they know what happened and why it happened.”
The service is anticipated to last about 30 minutes.