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WVU to mark anniversary of Pearl Harbor attacks

Six WVU ROTC students stand at attention to the right of a bell from the USS West Virginia in the Oglebay Plaza on the University's Downtown Campus during a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony. The Mountainlair can be seen in the background of the photograph.

Members of WVU Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Marine Corps League Det. 342, Daughters of the American Revolution and others gather on the 81st anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor to remember the military and civilian lives lost that day. The event takes place each year at the mast of the USS West Virginia outside Oglebay Hall. (WVU Photo/Matt Sunday)

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WHO & WHAT: The West Virginia University Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs will mark the anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and honor the lives lost on that fateful day during a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony on the Downtown Campus.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: USS West Virginia mast and bell in front of Oglebay Hall


The ceremony will include a 21-gun salute with three volleys being fired by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 548 and Post 9916. The keynote speaker is retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. and Secretary of State Mac Warner.

Attendees are asked to arrive early.

Following the ceremony, participants are invited to visit the lobby of the Downtown Library, the temporary location for a recent donation to the West Virginia and Regional History Center of a life preserver from the USS West Virginia. The life preserver, a gift from alumnus Ken Kendrick, his wife, Randy, and his brother, Rick, will be on display in the lobby until 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7). After that, it will be moved to the Center where it will be exhibited through March.

Read more about the donation from the WVU Foundation.


MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Lipscomb
Interim Director
WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs

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