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Pearl Harbor ceremonies will continue – without 5 remaining survivors from the USS Arizona

FILE: A view of the USS Arizona Memorial showing the ship's wreckage.(National Park Service) For the first time, no American…

For the first time, no American survivors are expected to participate in the annual announcement of the Pearl Harbor attack, the 7th of December 1

941 for infamy, which drew the United States into World War II.

The handful of Arizona survivors – Lou Conter, Don Stratton, Ken Potts, Lonnie Cook and Lauren Bruner – are all in the 90’s and now find it hard to travel, according to Hawaii News Now.

“This is the very first year” that no Arizona crew members will attend, told Daniel Martinez, a historian of the World War david in the Pacific National Monument, about the news.

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Conter, 97, living in California, can not participate due to health problems and doctoral orders, says the report .

“She said,” you can not go. You decide better, says Conter to the outlet.

Ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Hawaii are still expected to attract hundreds of spectators Friday morning, including veterans, officials and relatives of those who defended America that day. 19659005] USS Arizona Memorial, but is still closed for renovations. It is scheduled to resume in March, the Los Angeles Times reported.

When the number of survivors from Pearl Harbor decreases, Michael Wenger, a writer of the Second World War, worries that he loses “this last live connection” to a significant event in American history, he told Hawaii News Now.

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Pearl Harbor Visitor Kasey Cross shared the same concern and told the outlet “It makes me afraid we will refrain from what happened.” [19659013] “It makes me afraid that we should refrain from what happened.”

– Kasey Cross, Pearl Harbor Visitors Commenting on the Staggering Number of Survivors of the Attack of 1941

About 300 USS Arizona Over 1,100 crew members survived initially Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor – an offensive of more than 350 Japanese military aircraft that killed a total of 2400 US officials throughout the country

USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL REPAIRS RESPONSIBLE FOR CRACKS DISCOVERED ON FLOATING PIER [19659005] But the remaining five survivors in Arizona will most likely be on the minds of those who attend the Friday memory, “said Martinez. [19659005] “They will still talk to us, just another way,” he said, adding that around 100 World War II veterans are estimated to be events.

Meanwhile, some military members who died in the 77-year attack were finally added to rest in cemeteries across the country.

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In 2015, the POW / MIA Accounting Bureau upgraded nearly 400 sets of remains from the National Memorial Cemetery in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, after deciding progress in Forensic medicine and genealogical help from families could make identifications possible. They were all aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was encapsulated during the attack and had been buried as unknown after the war.

Of the 429 sailors and mariners were killed on Oklahoma that day, identified only 35 years after getting on. Oklahoma’s casualties were second only to USS Arizona.

As of this month, the agency had identified 186 sailors and navalists from Oklahoma previously unidentified.

Slowly sent the remains to be reburied in places like Traer, Iowa and Ontanogan, Mich.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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