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Mighty Eighth Honors WWII Veterans During Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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We are less than a week away from "a date which will live in infamy."  December 7th will mark the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. To commemorate the brave service men and women, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force paid tribute to those who served during WWII.

As the WWII veterans sat side by side there was an unspoken comradery that could be felt.

"We don't discuss it a lot but when we look at each other, been there done that, and it's good to see a few guys still around," said WWII Veteran Marvin Brown.

WWII veteran Marvin Brown said as his group ages he wonders if their sacrifices will be remembered.

"A lot of time has gone by and you have younger people coming along and you mention Pearl Harbor, [they ask] what's that, is it curable?" said Brown.

While these men are getting older their WWII memories are still fresh. Veteran Albert Ionson went to Pearl Harbor a year after the attack.

"The channel was the only thing that was open. There was wreckage all over the place. They hadn't cleaned up yet. We were very anxious to get the war over with," said Ionson.

To make sure these accounts aren't lost, veteran James Sapp said he's using the time he has left to educate students about the war.

"Our people now they don't appreciate our freedom, from the revolutionary war to today, peace time-war time, our service men and women, serving and dying for our freedom, and we take that for granted," said Sapp.

Sapp said the sacrifices have to be remembered.

"I served in ten countries fought in six and the Lord brought me home. All my buddies, my company commander, my first platoon sergeant, got killed all around me, and I barely got a scratch," said Sapp.

These veterans said they know their time is limited but what they did with it counts.

According to the National WWII museum in New Orleans, it's estimated by 2036 there will be no living WWII veterans left to recount their experiences.

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