Hudson American Legion Honors Those Who Sacrificed at Pearl Harbor

December 13, 2013

by Len Lathrop

To mark the 72nd anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor and to honor the sacrifices of those who were at Pearl Harbor on the infamous day, the honorary firing squad of the American Legion offered prayers and a gun salute as a wreath was offered to the Merrimack River from the Memorial Bridge followed by Taps.  Following that brief service, a second gun salute, prayers and Taps was fired at the American Legion Post on Central Street.

Governor Maggie Hassan had proclaimed Saturday, December 7, 2013, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in New Hampshire.  She offered the following:

“The horrific attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, forever changed the course of history for our great nation and the world,” Governor Hassan said.  “On this solemn occasion, we honor the sacrifices of those heroes who lost their lives and those who survived that tragic day.  We are eternally grateful for their service and the service of millions more who would go on to fight for our country in the Second World War, defending our shared values of liberty, equality and freedom.”

In honor of the individuals who sacrificed at Pearl Harbor, Governor Hassan also directed flags be flown at half-staff on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Serving as the firing squad on Saturday were Mike Millett, Mike Consentino, Leo Pelletier, Larry Mitchell, Alan True, Matt Marston and George Rowe.  Hudson Master Patrol Officer Allison Cummings sounded Taps.  Prayers were offered by Mike Mondoux of the American Legion.