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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Participants in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Delta on Monday, Dec. 7, prepare to cast seven memorial wreaths into the passing waters of the Gunnison River as a tribute to those lost in the surprise attack 74 years ago.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was observed in Delta on Monday, Dec. 7.

Members of Lee Marts VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary #3571 conducted ceremonies at the Confluence Park river access ramp.

Representatives of the Delta County Sheriff's Office and the Delta Police Department also participated in the observance.

Delta Mayor Ed Sisson, himself a Navy veteran, attended, representing the City of Delta, and also delivered some short remarks. He told the guests that he had visited Pearl Harbor many times during his Navy career and that he had also visited the USS Arizona memorial. More than 1,100 sailors lost their lives when the Arizona was sunk during the Pearl Harbor attacks.

VFW Post #3571 Commander Dave Rowland explained that young generations of Americans need to learn from the lessons of Pearl Harbor and to heed the warnings it conveys about maintaining eternal vigilance.

Among the attendees was another Navy veteran who said he served on the USS Pasadena, a light cruiser, in the South Pacific during the war. He told the gathering that he hopes to be able to honor the memory of those lost at Pearl Harbor by thinking of them every day.

Following the remarks, seven of the guests carried seven memorial wreaths to the edge of the Gunnison River and cast them into the water as a tribute to the lives lost in the attacks.

A color guard of three post members stood by bearing the American flag, the Colorado flag, and the POW/MIA flag. Four other post members conducted a three-round military salute from their World War II vintage M1 Garands.

Chris Weldon performed Taps with the clear notes of his solo trumpet tribute piercing the chilly December air.

The day following the Pearl Harbor attacks, then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the date Dec. 7, 1941, would "live in infamy."

Last Monday, the date was observed in Delta, living on in remembrance, honor and tribute to bravery and sacrifice.

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