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East Tennesseans honor survivors and remember Pearl Harbor attack

10:29 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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People across the nation paused to remember the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which launched American into World War II.

The East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery held a ceremony to remember the attack and honor local survivors. Three Pearl Harbor survivors and other World War II veterans attended the ceremony.

President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 "a date which will live in infamy." Pearl Harbor survivor and Army Air Corps veteran Durward Swanson said it is important to remember what happened that day.

"We need to keep America alert and let the people know what happened. And it could happen again. . . it did happen again, 9/11. And it can happen again."

Swanson said he narrowly escaped death during the attack. He had just went off duty and laid down on his bunk when the attack started. He left the mess hall only about 10 minutes before it was bombed, which killed dozens of people.

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