Capitol Commemorates 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

A view from the balcony. (Capital-Star Photo by Cassie Miller)

On Friday, the Capitol paid tribute to the Pennsylvania survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

Three survivors of the attack were in attendance at the Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda as retired and active duty service men and women remember the 2,403 lives lost on that day.

Capt. Preston Gill, commanding officer at Naval Support Activity in Mechanicsburg opened the ceremony and introduced the survivors in attendance.

Chief Jimenez, senior enlisted leader of Naval Operations Support Center – Harrisburg, read a special message from the Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf remarked on the importance of the day and the need to remember the bravery of those involved.

Keynote Speaker, Retired Vice Admiral Keith Lippert called the survivors “national treasures” in his remarks.

The ceremony concluded with the singing of Amazing Grace followed by Taps.

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.