Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to be hosted by IVH

Mike Hines, staff assistant at the Iowa Veterans Home, is a retired U.S. Army paratrooper who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, the War on Terror veteran will be honoring World War II veterans who perished 72 years ago at Pearl Harbor. He will be manning a static display about the “day that would live in infamy” in the Malloy Leisure Resource Center at the Iowa Veterans Home.

The public is encouraged to attend the free service.

Hines said memorabilia will include a recording of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech which was made Dec. 8, two separate videos depicting American armed forces countering the attack and approximately five tables of artifacts.

“The videos will show heroic actions by U.S. Army Air Force member Kenneth Taylor and seaman Doris “Dorie” Miller, of the United States Navy, Hines said.

“The late General Taylor (who died in 2006) engaged the Japanese and was credited with shooting down two enemy aircraft and Miller, an African-American cook, manned an anti-aircraft weapon to counter the Japanese offensive. Like Miller’s valiant efforts, it goes to show you that whatever one’s job is in the military, the men and women of the armed forces are prepared to do whatever is necessary.”

The attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States, then at peace, into a country dramatically immersed in World War II.

“I encourage central Iowans to join us Dec. 7, and help honor the memory of so many veterans who perished that day,” Hines said.