Mainers remember the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Mainers marked the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor when more than 2,300 American lives were lost on December 7th, 1941.

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

We were there as they gathered on the Willard Carlton Orr Bridge Friday afternoon.

It was named after the only Mainer killed in the attack. Willard Orr was a Bangor High School graduate.

Veterans and others spoke in memory of those who lost their lives.

It included a ceremonial wreath toss.

"The wreath represents love forever because it's evergreen. And, throwing it into the river and letting it float down is just a way of, you know, remembering those that lost their lives years ago and those that are still serving," said Ronald Smith, past state commander with the VFW.

After the wreath ceremony members of the Bangor High School band performed.

The Bangor High Army Junior ROTC provided a rifle and honor salute.