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Remembrance of Pearl Harbor set for noon Friday in Shelburn


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Shelburn resident Ralph Dale stands saluting among a display of U.S. flags and crosses he created to honor those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7. 1941.

For the third year in succession, Ralph Dale is recognizing the Battle of Pearl Harbor — marking its 77th anniversary this year — which occurred on Dec. 7, 1941.

This year’s memorial ceremony is slated for noon Friday.

The Shelburn veteran wanted “to do something” to provide a lasting tribute, so in June 2016, he purchased a town lot at 204 N. Washington St., Shelburn, to erect a lasting tribute for the event which led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

The memorial has a plaque recognizing the 2,403 Americans who died in the attack — 2,008  sailors, 218 Army and Airmen, 109 Marines and 68 civilians.

Also remembered are Shelburn area veterans, past, present and future, which specifically listed six veterans — Reuben Crosby, WWI; Fred Barron, Korea; Martin Storey, Korea; Norman Hayes, WWII, Dale, Vietnam; and Orville Raymond Dale, WWII.

The latter is Dale’s father, who narrowly escaped the early morning surprise attack.

For last year’s remembrance, 330 American flags and white crosses were on display and county vets of WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War were recognized.

The first two dedications included welcoming remarks, a walk-through by the Sullivan County Color and Honor Guard, a short speech, concluded by the Honor Guard with a 21-gun salute.

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