Remembering Pearl Harbor in Alachua County

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Alachua County Veterans Services hosted its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Gainesville on Friday.

The event was open to the public, with many area veterans in attendance. Friday marked 77 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.

"When we think about this, it's not just statistics and battlefields and ships and people and lives," said Kim Davis, Director of Alachua County Veterans Services. "It's individuals that made a difference, and every number that we talk about is a story and a person."

The ceremony was held in memory of late Veterans Services Advisory Board Member Dick Davis.

"We remember our Pearl Harbor ceremonies and we recognize that our World War II veterans are limited these days," Davis said. "We start planning this about a month or two out and see where we can get resources and people to participate in it."

Alachua County Veterans Services is staffed by veterans and works with local veterans to help them access veterans' benefits, like pension benefits and compensation claims. The department also organizes ceremonies like Friday's.

"I would like to think that those people who served our country are remembered," Davis said. "At least that we recognize the sacrifice and service they did for our country."

Alachua County Veterans Services can be reached at (352) 264-6740, and Davis can be reached by e-mail at kismith@alachuacounty.us.