OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT)– Many around the country remember the tragic history of December 7th. The bombing on Pearl Harbor. One organization in Owensboro made sure the lives that were lost on that day in 1941 aren’t forgotten.
At a time when some are celebrating the lighting of the Owensboro Christmas tree. Others are inside the VFW Post 696 honoring the lives of the people lost at Pearl Harbor almost 80 years ago.
A bombing that sent the united states back into war. 78 years later, a VFW more than four thousand miles away is making sure the lives that were lost that day aren’t forgotten.
“And we do it in remembrance of those who serve before us so that we will never forget their service we will never forget their sacrifice,” Louis Drawdy says.
On that day, 38 people from Daviess County were serving in the military there and other locations in the Pacific.
“I was in listed during World War II,” Hugh Sullivan says.
Sullivan was one of the men and women who would join the efforts after the bombing happened.
“Well I was on an aircraft carrier, was the USS Lexington and I was 17 when I joined. I was 17 and 44 and I got in pretty much on the tail end of the war,” Sullivan explains.
In 1991 the VFW Post 696 started holding the ceremony to honor the ones lost. Drawdy is one of the original organizers.
“When we first started, I knew many of the Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II survivors,” Drawdy explains.
The last time a veteran who served at pearl harbor was able to attend the ceremony was in 2016. Drawdy says over the years everyone who comes has drawn close.
“Nowadays it would be basically a comradeship. People have been coming in for years and years we know each other. We’re all family.”
(This story was originally published on December 6, 2019)