Why flags are at half staff today: Friday, December 7, 2012

On this day in 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked, propelling the US into the Second World War. Today flags in Southborough and across the nation will fly at half staff today in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Ten Southborough residents lost their lives fighting in World War II. You’ll find their names on the All Wars Memorial (see it up close here).

VFW Post 3276 Commander Steve Whynot shared this remembrance of Pearl Harbor:

As a Navyman – it is deep within me to honor those lost on that day. Having visited Pearl Harbor on my way to Vietnam in 1972 – It was surreal to be there, to see the ARIZONA and the hills surrounding the harbor – where I could imagine the attacking planes roaring in to attack. Sobering for a 20 year older who had read about it – saw pictures of the attack and to actually be aboard ship – passing and rendering honors. Sobering indeed.

I salute my lost shipmates and will continue to honor their sacrifice and the sacrifices of those who pickup up their quarrel and became known as the Greatest Generation.

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