Pearl Harbor Day Recognized In Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - President Roosevelt called December 7th, 1941 a date which will live in infamy.

Thursday, marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor where more than 2,400 American lives were lost that day.

Members of every military branch were on hand Thursday for a remembrance ceremony held on a bridge over the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor.

Veterans and community officials spoke, honoring the memory of those who lost their lives.

It ended with a ceremonial wreath toss, a powerful symbol for all veterans, including World War II vet...Bill Deering.

"Some people might not realize that this bridge where we are standing right now is the Willard Carlton Orr foot bridge and it is named after Willard Carlton Orr who was a Bangor High School graduate, a member of All Souls Congregational Church right around the corner who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day," said Bangor City Councilor Chair, Ben Sprague.

"I can picture myself riding in the back seat of the family car on December 7th, 1941," said World War II Veteran, Bill Deering. "My father and mother after church, took us for a ride up through the hills and they turned on the radio and we heard the announcement. It was shocking and it means a lot to me."

Veterans say this ceremony helps remind folks to never forget the events that took place on that day in 1941, events that compelled America to enter World War II.