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Sunnyside marks Pearl Harbor

American Legion Chaplain Jerry Vrieling gives the invocation at Saturday’s observance of the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The brief ceremony was held at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza. Members of the American Legion honor guard pictured (left to right) are Nate Bridges, John Lopez, Tim Bardell and Greg Schlieve. Also pictured is John Visser (far right).

Photo by Julia Hart.
American Legion Chaplain Jerry Vrieling gives the invocation at Saturday’s observance of the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The brief ceremony was held at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza. Members of the American Legion honor guard pictured (left to right) are Nate Bridges, John Lopez, Tim Bardell and Greg Schlieve. Also pictured is John Visser (far right).

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SunnyView VFW Post member Mayor Jim Restucci lays a wreath at the base of the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza’s Pearl Harbor monument on Saturday as part of the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event.

— Residents and visitors alike took a moment Saturday to reflect on the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

In conjunction with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day marking the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, the city’s Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza hosted a ceremony honoring veterans.

There was a somber moment during Saturday’s ceremony to mark the anniversary. It included Mayor Jim Restucci laying a wreath at the base of a new Pearl Harbor monument at the plaza.

American Legion volunteer Leroy Werkhoven expressed appreciation to the crowd that turned out for the ceremony.

“We’re happy those of you who could attend, did,” he said.

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