Commemorating Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7

Published 3:48 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sailors rescue a survivor near the USS West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. (Photo from the archives of the U.S. Navy)

Dec. 7 marks not just the 2012 Tryon Christmas Stroll, but also the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, marking the United States’ entrance into World War II. To mark the occasion, Millard & Company will host a showing of the film classic Tora! Tora! Tora!, followed by a light catered dinner.

The event will take place in the Depot Room at the Tryon Depot beginning at 3 p.m.

The public is invited; there is no charge, although space is limited. Host Andy Millard especially would like to see a large contingent of WWII veterans.

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“We’re losing more of these veterans every day,” said Millard. “We should honor them while we still can.”

Transportation will be provided for those who request it. Millard & Company has rented a small bus for the event, and local veteran Roger Newman will serve as host on the bus.

The phrase “Tora! Tora! Tora!” was the code used by Japanese pilots to let their superiors know that the attack had achieved total surprise, meeting with no resistance. The Oscar winning film of the same name tells the story from both the American and Japanese perspectives.

Meticulously researched and painstakingly authentic, the reenactment of the “the date which will live in infamy,” as well as the political and military intrigue that preceded it is riveting. This definitive war docudrama stars Jason Robards, Martin Balsam and E.G. Marshall.

The film starts on Friday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and will end around 5:15 p.m.

Immediately following the movie, Pat Strother will treat guests to a light dinner.

Dessert will not be served so that guests can enjoy the many treats available from merchants participating in the stroll.

There is room for about 65 attendees.

Everyone is welcome, but Millard requests that interested persons reserve their spot by calling 828-859-7001 (extension 2).

– article submitted by Michele Deudne