75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor observed

By Hank Lohmeyer


75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor observed | VFW, veteran, Pearl Harbor Day,

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer A color guard participated in a Dec. 7 observance of the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The event was conducted by Delta's Lee Marts VFW Post #3571 and Auxiliary at Confluence Park.

Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and Auxiliary conducted a memorial observance on the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Pearl Harbor.

The observance was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a color guard and remarks by VFW District Commander Mike Stahly of Delta, Linda Stahly on behalf of the Auxiliary; and county commissioner Bruce Hovde.

Seven memorial wreaths were cast into the current of the Gunnison River flowing past the site of the memorial service in Confluence Park.

A military salute conducted by four riflemen and the playing of taps concluded the observance.

There were about three dozen people in attendance including local law enforcement and a member of Delta American Legion Post 65.

The VFW provided a brief historical account of the wreath remembrance ceremony as follows:

Over the years, several Pearl Harbor survivors have been members of Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, although no one remembers a USS Arizona survivor.

Over the years, Pearl Harbor Day has been memorialized in a variety of ways by the post.

Since 2011, the 70th anniversary of the attack, the Auxiliary and Post have done a memorial service on the banks of the Gunnison River every year. Each year seven wreaths have been placed in the river to commemorate the date of Dec. 7.

The wreaths are biodegradable and decorated simply in remembrance of those who were killed at Pearl Harbor and those who served their country since that day.