Veterans honor Pearl Harbor survivors - New York News

Veterans honor Pearl Harbor survivors

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

71 years ago, Americans were devastated by a surprise attack by the Japanese military.  The bombing of Pearl Harbor launched the United States of American into World War II.

On Friday, hundreds remembered the tragedy of that day and honored the survivors.

Seven Pearl Harbor survivors sat attentively in the front row at the Pearl Harbor remembrance in Phoenix.

90-year-old Albert Thomas is proud to be one of them.

"It was quite a spectacle. I didn't realize there were this many people in the Marine corps," he said.

The vets prayed for the estimated 2,400 people who died that day.

"They're here to say their prayers for the shipmates killed at Pearl Harbor," said Bobby Biers, a Vietnam War veteran.

Vietnam War veterans joined other vets to honor their brothers and sisters who survived the sneak attack by Japanese airmen 71 years ago.

"We love one another, there's just a camaraderie, there's a brotherhood, a sisterhood, unless you fought for our country, you never realize that," said Robert Delsi.

"We're here to show our respect to the sailors that were lost at Pearl Harbor. I get choked up," said Biers.

Events like this give Thomas a chance to reflect and remember.

"It's rather hard at my age, because basically, put it this way all the buddies that I had are all dead," he said.

Supporting veterans are moved by their comrade's bravery and honor.

"It just shows you the spirit of America is here and we are not giving up," said Biers.

Thomas is still adventurous and often rides his motorcycle across the state.  He visits Pearl Harbor every year, but couldn't make it this year because his home was burglarized.  He and his daughter are planning a trip to Pearl Harbor next year.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Belgian artist Baloji kicks off tour in New York

    Belgian artist Baloji kicks off tour in New York

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:35:06 GMT
    To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says.
    To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says.
  • First look at electric carriage that may replace horse buggies

    First look at electric carriage that may replace horse buggies

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:11:02 GMT
    New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
    New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:50:46 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices