Area veterans and representatives from West Virginia University will mark the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Oglebay Plaza on WVU s Downtown Campus. The public is invited.

The ceremony is sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 548. WVU President James P. Clements and West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw are the featured speakers.

“We at WVU feel honored to be entrusted with the keeping of the mast of the U.S.S. West Virginia,” Dr. Clements said. “It’s an enduring reminder of the courage and self-sacrifice that members of our armed forces have shown throughout our history—and that they continue to show today.

“It’s important that we mourn those who died on Dec. 7, 1941 and remember those who are currently serving in the armed forces, especially those WVU students who set their studies aside for the time being to serve their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Ceremonies marking the anniversary of Pearl Harbor have taken place at Oglebay Plaza since the early 1970s. In 2007, a commemorative bronze plaque with the names of 106 sailors who died during the attack on the USS West Virginia was dedicated. It hangs on the wall surrounding the mast of the Battleship USS West Virginia as a tribute to veterans. The West Virginia was one of the ships sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but was raised and returned to service before the end of the war.

WVU s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity also coordinates bell-ringing services at the site.

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