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Service on Wednesday will mark 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 December 2016 at 6:43 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County veterans’ community will gather at 12:48 p.m. on Wednesday to observe the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, where 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 injured.

It was the deadliest attack on American soil until the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

There remembrance service on Wednesday will be at the Orleans County Veterans Service Agency, 13996 Route 31 West (by the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center). Veterans will present a wreath by a cannon, and there will be a gun salute. State Assemblyman Steve Hawley also will read a proclamation.

The American Legion in Medina pushed for the memorial service, and other veterans groups backed it. Having it in Albion is a centralized location in the county, said Earl Schmidt, the county’s veterans service director.

He said there were 4,905 people from Orleans County who served in World War II, and 447 are alive today.

The public is welcome to attend the service on Wednesday.

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