Marines and sailors salute during the playing of echo taps in a ceremony at the Kaneohe Klipper Memorial yesterday honoring 18 sailors and a civilian killed during a Japanese attack on the former Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay on Dec. 7, 1941. From left, L
Last year's 60th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor was by turns solemn observance and multimedia extravaganza â€” a Disney-promoted, history-filled, veteran-packed event that for many aging warriors was a last hurrah.
A year later, the hoopla is gone, but the remembrance remains.
Mary Wagner Kreigh traveled to O'ahu from California, as she does every year, to remember her twin sister. USS Utah Chief Yeoman Albert Wagner had on board the ashes of his daughter Nancy Lynne, who died two days after birth, but wasn't able to retrieve them when the ship was hit.
This year's anniversary is being marked by individuals and pairs, rather than by groups of dozens or hundreds, as last year â€” a trend that is here to stay as more than 1,500 World War II veterans die every day.