Every year since 1991, Lincoln County residents have gathered at Don and Ann Davis Park to honor those lost during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Sadly, this year, due to the pandemic, the physical gathering will not take place. We hope to pay special tribute next year on the 80th anniversary of the attack.
1991 was the 50th year since the day President Roosevelt declared would “live in infamy”. Peggy and Frank Woods, long-time Newport residents, wanted to make sure the day did not pass unrecognized. Peggy’s dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor. So, the Woods arranged the first local, annual remembrance. Originally, the many County residents who were also Pearl Harbor survivors were honored, as were other survivors whose families were Lincoln County residents. There are no longer any living Pearl Harbor survivors in Lincoln County, but that has not stopped the original group from meeting every year to honor those who were lost but also those who survived the devastating attack on the US Naval Fleet.
On December 7, 1941, at 7:55am Honolulu time, the Japanese launched an air strike on US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The strike lasted one hour and fifteen minutes resulting in the deaths of over 2400 US military personnel and civilians. The attack destroyed or damaged 19 Navy ships, including eight battleships. On December 8, the US declared war against Japan and entered WWII.
This year, on Monday, December 7, we ask that you pause, give thanks for all that you have, and for those who sacrificed so much for us.