Loveland veterans and community members gather for 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Almost a century ago, George Norton, a Loveland resident and World War II veteran, was aboard a ship near the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. On Tuesday night, nearly 80 years after joining the Navy to fight in the war, he stood with his community to remember those who died in Hawaii in the attack that brought on America. in the fray.

“It was really great to see these people come out,” he said with a big smile, watching the crowd standing together in the cold at Dwayne Webster Veterans Park, named after a Loveland sailor who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Loveland veterans and community members gathered in cold weather Tuesday night for another year to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor; 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the attack.

Remembering this year brought back old traditions as well as new aspects of the celebration. In addition to the candles given to residents during the event, many of those gathered received a special button made by Loveland Veterans Memorial President Tony DuMosch.

Those gathered also heard guest speakers like Brad Hoopes, a Loveland resident and local veterans historian and storyteller, and watched as the Flatirons Young Marines presented the colors to the crowd.

For those gathered, between veterans and young recruits, the event was one more year to honor those who had lost their lives and ensure that the day of infamy is never forgotten.

DuMosch said that, as in the past, it is important to ensure that the day is remembered so that those who died are never forgotten, especially as more and more WWII veterans world die.

“The importance is the value of life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness,” he said. “If we don’t remember these events… we are forced to repeat them and find ourselves in situations that we don’t want to be in. “

Norton, who served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1973, shared a similar sentiment, noting the importance of remembering. Norton served for many years in the war on a ship carrying war cargo. He said that in May 1945 his ship shot down several Japanese bombers, one of them crashing into the side of the ship. The accident, he said, caused a fire that they must have set there.

Flatiron Young Marines Lance Cpl. Hudson Hamack, 10, proudly holds a piece of the USS Arizona so people can touch it on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at Dwayne Webster Veterans Park in Loveland. Flatiron Young Marines Lance Cpl. Carson Boyd, 10, left, looks over Hudson’s shoulder to see the piece of the ship. (Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

“They filled it with water and closed the hatches to get underway,” he said, recalling his time in the war.

Norton said events like the one held on Tuesday night in Loveland must happen every year, adding “we should never forget.” He was made even happier by the young residents who came to remember the attack and honor those who lost their lives.

But for other members of the community, including young children interested in serving, the importance was to honor those around them and make sure they remember what happened even if it happened. ‘is produced long before they are born.

Carson Boyd, a 10-year-old member of the Flatirons Young Marines, said his presence on Tuesday night was especially important to him as he is named after his great-great-grandfather who was in the Navy during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“I think it’s very important because I have a very long line of veterans and I miss my grandfather who was in Pearl Harbor because I never met him,” he said. declared.

“It is very important for our younger generation to continue our story and remember where we came from and understand what happened,” said Boyd’s mother and Young Marines volunteer Phylicia Guerrero.

One of Boyd’s Young Marine’s companions, Hudson Hamack, 10, stood next to a half-raised American flag during part of the ceremony, holding a piece of the USS Arizona and standing beside it of a replica of the sunken ship.

“It’s really great,” said Hamack, who owned the piece of history because he’s the youngest in the group. “It means a lot to me because it’s a big part of America’s history.”

Hoopes said that Pearl Harbor was “like a huge boulder that was thrown into a pond” that caused ripples emanating even 80 years later to the present day.

“We must never forget those millions of people who rode the splashes and the big waves during the war,” he said.

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