Survivors gather to remember Pearl Harbor attack

USS Arizona survivors from left, John Anderson, Don Stratton, Louis Conter and Lauren Bruner arrive Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Four of the remaining nine USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack are vowing this year's anniversary of the 1941 attack won't be their last reunion. Even though it's the last official survivor gathering of the USS Arizona Reunion Association, the men say they still plan to get together, even if not in Hawaii. Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed roughly 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack are gathering for the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the United States into World War II.

About 100 Pearl Harbor and World War II survivors are expected to attend Sunday’s ceremony. Many of them arrived well before the sun came up.

Gilbert Meyer is attending his 10th ceremony. However, the 91-year-old USS Utah survivor says it’s getting harder to travel to Hawaii from San Antonio, Texas.

Many of Meyer’s comrades arrived with the help of canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters. They were greeted with purple orchid lei.

A moment of silence was held at 7:55 a.m., the moment the bombing began in 1941. F-22 fighter jets executed a missing-man flyover.

 

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