Pearl Harbor remembered in Somers Point (Slideshow and Video)

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Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser is joined by Pearl Harbor survivor, Al Matthews, 90, to throw a wreath in the bay in honor of the lives lost December 7, 1941. Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser is joined by Pearl Harbor survivor, Al Matthews, 90, to throw a wreath in the bay in honor of the lives lost December 7, 1941.

SOMERS POINT—American Legion Post 352 members along with many others found their way to the Morrow Beach in Somers Point Saturday, Dec. 7 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Atlantic County veterans advocate Bob Frolow spoke of the passing of so many of the Pearl Harbor survivors; “Two years ago, after the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor the national survivors group decided to disband, the members acknowledged their numbers were too few and members too frail to continue to meet. While they may not be able to meet, we are fortunate not only that we have our survivor, Al Matthews here with us but look around; we have WWII, Korea, Vietnam and beyond. We will continue to gather and commemorate this day and remember those who have served before us,” said Frolow.

Assemblyman Chris Brown, himself a veteran of Operation Desert Storm issued a challenge to the men and women attending the Somers Point commemoration. “It is our obligation to tell the story of Pearl Harbor and Al has enlightened us,” said Brown. “We must pick up the lesson from those who were there that day. We are the caretakers and custodians of their stories. I am proud to be here with Al Matthews and with all of our veterans.”

Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser, himself a veteran and member of the American Legion invited 90-year-old Al Matthews, the lone Pearl Harbor survivor present to help throw the wreath into the water to honor all of the lives lost on that day in Hawaii, 72 years ago. They were accompanied by Lee and Mark Darby whose father, Alan Darby passed away earlier this year. Alan Darby was also a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Each of the WWII veterans in attendance spoke briefly and after Taps was played and God Bless America sung the crowd began to scatter. But before they left, most made their way to the sidewalk where the honored guests were seated and stopped to shake their hands and let them know, while they may have served their nation many years ago, it is still very much appreciated and will never been forgotten.  

This veteran, a member of AMVETS 911 prepares to give the order for a salute as Taps is played when a commemorative wreath is tossed in the water to remember the soldiers lost at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago. This veteran, a member of AMVETS 911 prepares to give the order for a salute as Taps is played when a commemorative wreath is tossed in the water to remember the soldiers lost at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago.

Assemblyman Chris Brown addresses the crowd gathered in Somers Point to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. Assemblyman Chris Brown addresses the crowd gathered in Somers Point to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day.


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