Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Disbands

The New York Times reports that today the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will gather in Honolulu for the last time to commemorate the attack by the Japanese that drew the United States into World War II .

“The 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack will be the last one marked by the survivors’ association. With a concession to the reality of time — of age, of deteriorating health and death — the association will disband on Dec. 31”

“We had no choice,” said William H. Eckel, 89, who was once the director of the Fourth Division of the survivors’ association, interviewed by telephone from Texas. “Wives and family members have been trying to keep it operating, but they just can’t do it. People are winding up in nursing homes and intensive care places.

Read the full story on The New York Times website by following the link below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/us/fewer-veterans-to-remember-pearl-harbor-day.html?_r=1

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