Local veterans hold Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on 75th anniversary

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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) – Roscoe veterans of foreign wars are honoring the thousands of live lost 75 years ago during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

It was December 7, 1941, when Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,300 service people.

“Taps” played as veterans of the Roscoe VFW Post 2955 and their Color Guard held a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony to commemorate the tragic event where some of their servicemen lost their lives. The ceremony was held at the boat landing at the Riverside Park in Roscoe.

A short service took place followed by a wreath tossing into the Rock River and a prayer.

“We take time to remember all of the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Coast Guard, and Airmen, that were killed in the sneak attack. Because we don’t want it to happen again,” says John Rossato, Commander of the Roscoe VFW.

The Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 killed more than 2,000 Americans and destroyed a significant number of U.S. battleships and airplanes.