(WATE) – Today marks 78 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On this day in 1941 Japanese planes attacked the Pearl Harbor Naval base in Hawaii, killing more than two thousand Americans.
The attack launched the U.S. into World War Two and altering the course of history. In 1944 Congress designating that December seventh as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Every year a commemoration ceremony is held at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. This year the scheduled ceremony is going forward as planned despite a shooting at the base that killed two civilians and injured one other earlier this week.
In Knoxville, American Legion Post 2 will be hosting a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony of their own at 12:55 p.m. Saturday. The ceremony will take place at Lyons View Cemetery to honor those who served that day.
One of the last surviving members of the attack, Major General Terry Max Haston will be speaking at the event.
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