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Pearl Harbor survivor STC Howard Snell stands to salute the U.S. Navy Color Guard during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013. To the right of Snell is another Pearl Harbor survivor, Major Albert Grasselli, who was stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield.
Pearl Harbor survivor STC Howard Snell stands to salute the U.S. Navy Color Guard during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013. To the right of Snell is another Pearl Harbor survivor, Major Albert Grasselli, who was stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Pearl Harbor survivor STC Howard Snell stands to salute the U.S. Navy Color Guard during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013. To the right of Snell is another Pearl Harbor survivor, Major Albert Grasselli, who was stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield.
Pearl Harbor survivor STC Howard Snell stands to salute the U.S. Navy Color Guard during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013. To the right of Snell is another Pearl Harbor survivor, Major Albert Grasselli, who was stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7, 2013.
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7, 2013. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Children wait for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony to start in Washington, D.C.
Children wait for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony to start in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
National Guardsmen watch the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Washington, D.C.
National Guardsmen watch the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
A sailor helps another sailor out before they participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7, 2013.
A sailor helps another sailor out before they participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7, 2013. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors wait for the wreath laying during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Washington, D.C.
Sailors wait for the wreath laying during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors line up during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Sailors line up during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Pearl Harbor survivors Howard Snell, sitting left in the grey jacket, and Major Albert Grasselli receive coins during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Pearl Harbor survivors Howard Snell, sitting left in the grey jacket, and Major Albert Grasselli receive coins during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
People huddle in their coats during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7, 2013.
People huddle in their coats during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7, 2013. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Lou Large leans in and gives Pearl Harbor survivor Major Albert Grasselli a kiss on the cheek after saying a few words to the crowd gathered for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Lou Large leans in and gives Pearl Harbor survivor Major Albert Grasselli a kiss on the cheek after saying a few words to the crowd gathered for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the U.S. Navy Memorial on Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Lou Large helps to lay the wreath at the Lone Sailor during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013.
Lou Large helps to lay the wreath at the Lone Sailor during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7, 2013. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Washington, D.C.
Sailors participate in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Washington, D.C. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The wreath near the Lone Sailor in Washington, D.C., after the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The wreath near the Lone Sailor in Washington, D.C., after the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
A sailor tightens the rope at the U.S. Navy Memorial after the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
A sailor tightens the rope at the U.S. Navy Memorial after the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — Seventy-two years ago Saturday, Americans were called to war. Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,200 wounded on Dec. 7, 1941, and war was declared the next day.

In 2013, ceremonies were held across the United States to honor the men and women who died on a date that will live on infamy. In Washington, D.C., a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was held at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

Among the guests were two Pearl Harbor survivors, Howard Snell and Albert Grasselli. Snell had been stationed at the submarine base, and was a veteran of the Battle of Midway. Grasselli had been stationed at Ewa Beach Marine Airfield, and was also a veteran of the Battle of Midway.

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