Our entrance into war

Seventy-six years ago today at around 2 p.m., radio bulletins began interrupting a football game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers and “Sammy Kaye’s Sunday Serenade”: The United States had been attacked.

“We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by army planes, undoubtedly Japanese,” was a report heard on WCAE radio in Pittsburgh that afternoon. “The city of Honolulu has also been attacked and considerable damage done. This battle has been going on for nearly three hours.”

The next day, Monday, Dec. 8, the Dunkirk Evening Observer reported: “WAR DECLARED BY U.S. AGAINST JAPANESE.”

Seventy-six years later, it still stings. The attack led to America entering the war as well as a number of sacrifices by many of our area residents — some who returned, others who did not.

Local services to remember the day are being held in Dunkirk at American Legion Post 62 on Central Avenue at 6 p.m.

The attack on Pearl Harbor stunned our country. It would not break our spirit.

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