Young & old remember Pearl Harbor

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- It's a Day of Remembrance as it's been 76-years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.

With dozens of ceremonies held around the state to honor those who lost their lives, teachers are also making sure students understand the importance of this anniversary.

"We got to meet the eyewitnesses and interview the eyewitnesses. These are the people who lived through Pearl Harbor."

For these 6th graders at Glenwood Intermediate School, it's not just another day of class, but a history lesson helping paint a picture of how we got to where we are today.

"They read and then push it a little bit further with questions whether it's about nuclear war or Japanese camps or how the war might've ended."

Goin says nowadays, students can look anything up online, but it's talking about the meaning and sacrifice of Pearl Harbor which can't be taught online.

"Just telling them, 'December 7, that's the day,' that's it. That's not useful. They'll just pull up their phones and look if they ever need to know, so showing them our resources or showing them how to look at information if it's true, not true or if it's biased."

Those who do remember the events leading up to December 7 say it's a history lesson which cannot be taught in a book.

"Our young people need to remember. I think history is so very important. I agree with an old adage: If we don't remember our history, we're doomed to repeat it."

Ceremonies were held throughout the state to honor the sacrifice thousands made 76-years ago.

"It's just a way for us to continue to remember him and thank him."

"Respect the sacrifices that my shipmates made."

Goin says teaching students about Pearl Harbor each year paves the way to open their minds even more down the road.

"If we can give our students, these young citizens, the skills to see patterns and see things, they can be better educated decisions moving forward."

There were more than 2,400 Americans killed on this day 76-years ago. As of July 2017, only five survivors of the USS Arizona are still alive.

Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed Thursday Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. He ordered all flags flown at half-staff until sunset in memory of all the heroes who died in the attack. 


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