WATCH: Abilene VFW remembers attack on Pearl Harbor

Picture of USS Arizona. (Courtesy AP)

ABILENE, Texas - VFW Post 6863 in Abilene held a ceremony Thursday to mark the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,403 Americans. The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan.


"Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan," said then President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The ceremony featured Mayor Anthony Williams and guest speaker Master Sgt. Ron Deos.

Deos is currently an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor and has taught at Cooper High School since 2004.

The VFW post is located at 1049 Veterans Drive.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - "A day that will live in infamy!" December 7, 1941

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2017 Today marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on #PearlHarbor. May we never forget the courage and sacrifice of the Americans who died and fought back on this day. #PearlHarbor76

-- John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 7, 2017 On December 7, 1941, history swung on its great hinge & the world was forever changed. Today, we remember the Americans who bravely answered their summons to duty at #PearlHarbor & gave all that duty asked of them.

-- John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 7, 2017 Let us never forget the brave men and women who lost their lives 76 years ago today. #PearlHarbor

-- USSOCOM (@USSOCOM) December 7, 2017 Today we remember those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago.

-- U.S. Naval Academy (@NavalAcademy) December 7, 2017 Once again on this December 7th we will be live tweeting the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 in real time. #PearlHarbor76

-- USSArizona (@USSArizona) October 31, 2017
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