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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

AMVETS Leaders Lay Wreath in Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

On Monday, AMVETS National Commander Duane J. Miskulin and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary National President Patty Piening paid their respects to our nation's fallen heroes by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.

Each year, AMVETS top leadership lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in honor of those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

AMVETS, originally American Veterans of World War II, has always taken special care to honor the sacrifices of the WWII generation, including AMVETS' key role in commissioning the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, where 1,102 American sailors remain entombed since the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

At Arlington, Miskulin, Piening and AMVETS national officers also paid their respects at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association's memorial grove at Arlington. The grove stands as a tribute to both those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor and to the Pearl Harbor survivors who went on to fight in WWII. In front of the trees, the association placed a plaque which reads, "These trees are dedicated to the men and women serving their country on the island of Oahu and territory of Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941."

(Photos: Top: Cmdr. Miskulin and President Piening lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Pearl Harbor Day. Bottom: Cmdr. Miskulin, President Piening and AMVETS national officers pay their respects to those who served at Pearl Harbor. Photos by Jay Agg.)

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