BANGOR – People all around the nation are paying tribute to the people who died in Pearl Harbor, a moment that thrust America into World War II.
1941, a moment in history that changed lives forever. 75 years later Americans nation wide still come together to honor those who served in that war.
“It is appropriate to take pause and to honor their sacrifice and to pledge to do our best to live within those freedoms and do our best to support and protect,” said Chief Master Sergeant Daniel Moore, the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 101st Air Refueling Wing.
Many people gathered at the Kenduskeag Stream Walking Bridge. Some in silence, others in tears but all in respect.
“It’s an honor to be here,” said Paul Colburn, a 1942 army veteran, “It’s a joy to be able to see all of my friends and all the guys in the service – past service. It’s feels awfully good to spectate again.”
People remembering Pearl Harbor Day are left in wide range of emotions.
“We bare and hold high their ideals and seek to live up to their expectations,” said Moore.
For some who served, it’s a moment where they can proudly wear their uniforms again.
“There’s certainly a sense of unity and brotherhood with our brothers and sisters in arms,” he said.
And also have the feeling of belonging.
“We all understand. We’ve been places (and) we see things and understand what America is all about,” said Samuel Cannon, a comrade, “We are always watching each other’s backs. We always got each other back whether as a civilian or in uniform.”
This year. There was a new feature – a parade where people marched from the Waterfront to Exchange Street.
“It’s important. They are Americans (and) we should always remember that and should always remember that America is strong and always united,” said Cannon.
Wreaths were dropped into the stream in the moment of silence.
“I hope someone will continue to do this. I hope it doesn’t die (and) I hope it keeps on,” said Colburn.