Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec 07, 2017

On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and led to great losses of life and equipment.

One of Maine’s Pearl Harbor survivors, retired U.S. Navy Radioman Chief Robert Coles of Machias, passed away Nov. 4, 2017, at the age of 93. Chief Coles served 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a true American hero and loved his country and flag. We all remember his 2016 trip to the event marking the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor — it truly meant so much to him — all the support he received from people to help him go to this significant anniversary remembrance. It was an honor for me to know Chief Coles and learn so much about his military career.

Wreaths Across America

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the 26th annual Escort to Arlington National Cemetery begins the journey to remember our fallen U.S. service men and women, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.

National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, Dec. 16. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

The theme for 2017 is “I’m American, yes, I am.” This theme was inspired by Maine’s own singer/songwriter, Rick Charette. For more information and to view the convoy’s schedule for 2017, please visit

Joy Asuncion is an Honor Flight Maine Board Member, a Maine Troop Greeter and Maine State Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. You can reach Joy at or 930-5640.

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