USS Yorktown memorial ceremony brings back memories for Pearl Harbor survivor

VIDEO: USS Yorktown memorial ceremony brings back memories for Pearl Harbor survivor

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Local Pearl Harbor survivors and the community continue to honor those who lost their lives. Patriots Point held a memorial service Monday with the Mt. Pleasant Veterans of Foreign Wars on the USS Yorktown.

"I'm just lucky to be a survivor, ya know, there's so many of them that didn't make it and I was one of the lucky ones" says U.S. Navy Veteran, Buck Morris.

Morris is a survivor of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

"When you get together like we did here today, that's what brings back memories," says Morris.

A memory that World War II Veteran, William Hamilton, remembers as a sophomore in college when he was a Citadel Cadet.

"Everything seemed to stop in its place, we had classes dismissed on Monday so we could listen to President Roosevelt declare war on Japan," says Hamilton.

There are 25 known South Carolina men who were killed during the attack. Today there was a tolling of a bell for each one. There was also a wreath laying for family members and friends of victims.

"It's very very touching today and throwing the wreath... in memory of their loved one was very very touching," says Hamilton.

"It's good remembering everybody that is not here, each year there gets fewer and fewer. I enjoyed being here, thinking about them, thinking about the past, thinking about Pearl Harbor, because that's always on my mind," says Morris.

More than 2,000 US servicemen were killed in the attack and more than 1,000 were wounded. Morris says gatherings like this serve as an important reminder for younger generations.

"Of what we went through and what is out there that they're going to have to go through and to be on guard, we were not on full guard, I don't think, when this happened," says Morris.

There were many people from out of town who attend the service.

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