Veterans, active duty members gather together to remember victims of Pearl Harbor attacks

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On Monday, veterans and members of our military gathered together for a remembrance ceremony for the victims killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, which included hundreds of sailors who died that die aboard the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma.

"I have goose bumps," said Bobby Delaney, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 268.

Year after year, Bobby Delaney and other members of the military gather together at the Oklahoma Veterans Memorial, reflecting on that historic day 74 years ago, December 7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.

"It was a horrible attack on us, on the United States. It brought us into World War II," said Delaney.

Those who gathered at the memorial are hoping to keep the victims' memories alive by educating the younger generation.

"It's important that we don't let this die, because people gave up their lives for the freedom that we have today," said Delaney.

“I was in Pearl Harbor in 1944-1945 and saw the devastation that had not been cleaned up," said Sheridan Marquardt, retired Navy.

At the Oklahoma Veterans Memorial, there’s a monument with 429 names of sailors and heroes who died on the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma.

“You realized what had happened and you knew that your shipmates were still there and are still there,” said Marquardt.

"All of those who didn't get a chance to actually still be here with us. We don't know what they would've become. They could've become President, mothers, we'll never know," said Pete Erson, Oklahoma Veterans Council.

The names of absent shipmates all have something honorable in common.

"I want them to be reminded that there are those of us that give the ultimate sacrifice and it's always good to pay homage to those and this is how we do it," said Erson.

Following the ceremony, there was a laying of the wreath hosted by different veterans groups in conjunction with Wreaths Across America.

The ceremony was a symbol of remembrance and honoring those killed in action.

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