Remembering Pearl Harbor |

Remembering Pearl Harbor

by Amy Roby
Amy Roby

Friday marks the 77th year since the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the U.S. Navy Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack that Sunday morning, Dec. 7, was catastrophic for the United States; 2,335 U.S. military personnel and 68 civilians perished, and more than 1,100 people were wounded. Nearly 200 U.S. military aircraft were destroyed and a large number of the base’s battleships, including the USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma, and the USS Utah, were sunk, beached, or damaged.

In his address to the U.S. Congress the day after the ambush, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called “…December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy.” Following the speech, Congress declared war on Japan, and the United States entered World War II.

In 1994, Congress designated Dec. 7 of every year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and the first observation occurred that same year. In honor of those who lost their lives that fateful day, the American flag is flown at half-mast until sunset. Special events are often held in commemoration of the day.

Western Nevada College hosts the presentation, “Pearl Harbor,” at the Jack C. Davis Observatory at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Presented by History and Science lecturer Mike Thomas, the event will explore “Japan’s bold attack on the U.S. fleet and some of the stories that came from it.”

The presentation is free and open to the public, and doors open at 6 p.m. The Jack C. Davis Observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City.

This year’s solemn Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is magnified by two significant and recent losses. Navy veteran Ray Chavez, who at 106 was the oldest American military survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, passed away on Nov. 21. Our nation’s 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, died Nov. 30 at the age of 94. He flew 58 combat missions and survived two plane crashes while serving as a pilot in the Navy during World War II.

Drive By Food Drive Friday

KTVN Channel 2’s “Share Your Christmas” holiday drive-by food drive takes place Friday at three locations across Northern Nevada. This is the 26th year for the event.

Locally, food and monetary donations can be brought to the Carson Valley Inn (CVI) in Minden from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. All food donated at the CVI goes directly to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Last year, the Carson Valley came together and donated more than 260,000 pounds of food.

Other drop-off locations are the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City and the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. KTVN will be broadcasting live from all three locations.

Suggested food items include canned meats and fish; canned fruits, juice, and vegetables; canned meals such as chili, stew, and soup; peanut butter, dried rice and pasta; dry cereal; oatmeal; powdered milk; and baby formula and baby food.

Santa will be at the local event, along with music, emergency vehicles, and service men and women. An on-site blood drive will be held in conjunction with the food drive at CVI.

The CVI is located at 1627 US Hwy 395 in Minden.

Support Monica Hart blood drive

Anytime Fitness hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The drive is being held in honor of Carson Valley teacher Monica Hart, who is battling acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and received life-saving blood donations while undergoing initial treatment at UC-Davis’ comprehensive cancer treatment center. Friends and family have organized a number of blood donation events as a way to show gratitude for the donations Hart received and to build awareness of APL and the powerful impact of donating blood.

To schedule an appointment, call 866-985-0598 or log onto, locate the Anytime Fitness drive and enter code N1AFG.

Anytime Fitness is located at 1352 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

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