Roses dropped over Statue of Liberty to honor lives lost in Pearl Harbor attack

Long Island is among the spots nationwide remembering the over 2,400 lives lost in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, with a ceremony held in Farmingdale.

News 12 Staff

Dec 7, 2020, 11:12 PM

Updated 1,294 days ago

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Monday marked a somber anniversary in U.S. history with National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Long Island was among the spots nationwide remembering the over 2,400 lives lost in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, with a ceremony held in Farmingdale.
A total of 79 roses were dropped over the Statue of Liberty in a vintage aircraft to remember those who died that day 79 years ago. White roses were also dropped, representing the lives lost on 9/11.
"If you remember or if you weren't around yet, just imagine waking up to the news of what happened 79 years ago in Hawaii and how a country came together -- men, women, everyone -- coming together to defeat the ultimate evil while preserving our freedom," says Nassau Executive Laura Curran. "We should all remember that."
On the day that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called a day which would live in infamy, Louis Singer lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17. By 18, Singer was on board the USS Quincy Heavy Cruiser off the coast of Normandy, firing at German forces in support of the 101st Airborne Division.
The loss of life and images from the largest seaborne invasion in history still haunts the 95-year-old.
"The U.S. Corey was split in half and the water was full of blood and you saw bodies floating around," says Singer.
Singer was honored the at American Air Power Museum in Farmingdale Monday. Each year since 2000, the museum has commemorated the day with a rose for each year, dropped on the iconic statue.
Randy Miller brought his grandfather to the ceremony and says it is encouraging to know that the sacrifices made by this generation have not been forgotten.
"My grandfather is an amazing person," says Miller. "We have heard the stories of his life and his time in the service, and it has always been an inspiration and hallmark for us to adhere to."


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