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Ceremony honors fallen veterans, survivors of Pearl Harbor attack

Pearl Harbor ceremony
Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-08 00:18:57-05

PHOENIX — Saturday was the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A ceremony was held outside the state capitol to honor the lives lost that day. The ceremony also honored Pearl Harbor survivors.

"I remember it was a loud bang when the bomb went off and hit the barracks next to us," Edward Miklavcic said. "I waited until a couple planes went over and then I left the barracks and walked in the direction of safety."

Miklavcic sat along side other veterans who fought in the war, reflecting on their time of service.

"I wouldn't do it again and I wouldn't trade it for nothing," World War II veteran Norman Mapes said.

The veterans placed wreaths around the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial outside the state capitol and saluted proudly during the national anthem.

A Boeing B-17 G flew over the crowd and flags were at half staff.

It's a long standing tradition so we will never forget the price of freedom.

"I'm not a hero, I just wanted to survive," Miklavcic said.