The Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club organized a Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony today, Dec. 7, in Smyrna in memory of all those in the U.S. armed forces who died during the Japanese attack on Hawaii and other sites in the Pacific Dec. 7, 1941.

The Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club organized a Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony today, Dec. 7, at Lake Como in Smyrna.

The ceremony honored all those in the U.S. armed forces who died during the Japanese attack on Hawaii and other sites in the Pacific Dec. 7, 1941, and all those who saved lives and risked their lives to rescue others that day.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a date which will live in infamy," as the United States entered World War II after remaining out of the conflict previously.

The master of ceremonies at today's event was Mark Eschelweck, and the keynote speaker was Gen. (Ret.) Terry Wiley, Delaware Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Other speakers included Joe Startt, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 850; Paul Davis, president of the State Vietnam Veterans of American Council, and Smyrna Mayor John Embert.

Tom Daws gave the invocation. He is the president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 83 and a member of the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club.

Members of the VVLV Motorcycle Club placed a wreath on the water at Lake Como to conclude the service.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR MONUMENT

Terry Baker announced that the Town of Smyrna has agreed to set aside a place on the shore of Lake Como for a monument to all those in the U.S. armed forces who sacrificed their lives during the attack Dec. 7, 1941.

To make a donation to help the Vietnam Veterans fund the project, send contributions to Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, 474 Flemings Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734 with "memorial fund" in the memo line.