West Virginia University commemorated the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with an on-campus ceremony.
Veterans and members of the community gathered under the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia for the service on Oglebay Plaza.
“Almost 10% of West Virginia’s population are veterans,” said Sean Frisbee, President and CEO of the WVU Alumni Association and Senior Veterans Advisor to WVU President Gordon Gee. “It’s important across the state as well as here in Morgantown at the University for us to remember all the sacrifices that that they’ve made.”
The ceremony included the posting of the colors, wreath laying, ringing of the bell of the U.S.S. West Virginia and prayers for the lives lost.
United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Retired Jerry Wood was the featured speaker and described the importance of never forgetting this day.
“It’s an absolute honor to be asked to come here and speak on such a momentous day in our history and to speak and reflect on the courage and the honor, the valor that those men and women displayed on that courageous and fateful day 76 years ago,” he said.
The Marion Corps League and various local VFW united participated in the ceremony.
“For 33 years I was all over the country, all over the world on active duty and it’s good to come home and see the patriotism that’s displayed so vibrantly throughout the state of West Virginia,” Wood added. “It makes me proud.”
The playing of taps and a 21-gun salute concluded the ceremony.