Cadets and cadre members of the West Virginia University Army and Air Force ROTC programs, along with area veterans, will mark the 66th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 7) at Oglebay Plaza on WVU s Downtown Campus. The public is invited.
The ceremony, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 548, will feature a 21-gun salute by the 201st Infantry Field Battalion, taps performed by the 249th Army band and a presentation of wreaths. The bell from the armored cruiser USS West Virginia will be rung by members of the Sea Scouts. Retired Army Maj. James R. McCartney will be the featured speaker.
A commemorative bronze plaque with the names of 106 sailors who died during the attack on the USS West Virginia will be dedicated during the ceremony. The plaque will hang on the wall surrounding the mast of the Battleship USS West Virginia as a tribute to veterans.
The ceremony will also recognize Navy Capt. Mervyn Sharp Bennion, the commanding officer of the Battleship USS West Virginia who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Ceremonies marking the anniversary of Pearl Harbor have taken place at Oglebay Plaza since the early 1970s. WVU s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity also coordinates bell-ringing services at the site.