James O'Flaherty of Geneva greets a sailor at the 43rd annual Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Luncheon.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Moment: The eyes tell a story of respect and remind us of the generations of young men who have served our country. Photographer: Al Benson Caption: James O'Flaherty, right, a Geneva resident and Pearl Harbor attack survivor, greets a sailor Monday at the 43rd annual Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Luncheon at Gaslight Manor in Aurora. O'Flaherty, a member of the U.S. Marine 4th Defense Battalion on Dec. 7, 1941, was among five Pearl Harbor survivors honored.
On Pearl Harbor Day, Illinois' state treasurer is using the anniversary to get the word out about lost military medals that need to be returned to their rightful owners.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Today—Friday, Dec. 7—marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,000 American citizens were killed and another 1,000 were injured that day in 1941. It was the event that led the United States into World War II. Flags in Geneva are displayed on homes and flown at half-staff on government buildings to honor those who died; government offices, schools, businesses and other organizations will remain open for business. Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford is unveiling an updated Operation Reunite Dec. 7 to coincide with Pearl Harbor Day. Operation Reunite is a program that links veterans and their families with any unclaimed military medals, awards and military artifacts that have been transferred to the treasurer’s …