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WV communities honor veterans on Pearl Harbor Day

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Friday marked 71 years since Franklin Delano Roosevelt called Pearl Harbor "a date which will live in infamy."

Veterans and their families gathered to commemorate the date with events in Huntington and Charleston.

At the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, those in attendance sang patriotic songs to honor Pearl Harbor Day. They also listened to a speech from special guest Woody Williams, who received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

He told the crowd that it's important to remember the past. "Parents who do not believe in teaching their children the importance of having loyalty and faith in country, they're losing out on the true spirit of America as far as I'm concerned," said Williams.

Wreathes were placed in the Ohio River to honor veterans.

In Charleston, Wetzel Sanders recalled the day he was shot. He was just a teenager. Sanders said memorial events are important to keep the history alive. "It means quite a bit. A lot of young people don't know nothing about Pearl Harbor. A guy on TV asked his son if knew anything about Pearl Harbor. He said 'yeah' but he didn't know what group he sang with," said Sanders.

In West Virginia, there are only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors still living.