Small Crowd For Pearl Harbor Memorial


By Melissa Kohn
By Randy Livingston

WILLIAMSON CO. -- Only a few people gathered in the parking lot of the Marion VFW for a ceremony remembering Pearl Harbor.

Vietnam Veteran Daniel Fruge was disappointed with the turn out saying, "Today we had very few people here, just a hand full. 50 or 60 years ago this parking lot would have been completely full."

Nearly 2,400 Americans lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, a day President Roosevelt famously said, will "live in infamy."

Although the crowd in Marion was small Fruge says, "It's not forgotten because you hear about it on the news, it's on TV but going to the different ceremonies has kind of died out."

VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Pamela Largent took part in the ceremony and says she is supposed to be there adding, "Our Job in general is supporting the veterans, supporting the post and supporting the military that is currently active."

Fruge believes the ceremony's poor attendance will not discourage veterans from paying tribute to those lost and says, "Pearl Harbor is an old thing but we're not gonna forget our veterans, Old or New.
That's why we do this every year and we'll continue to do it. If we just do it for ourselves and no one shows up we'll still do the ceremony. "
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