Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday in Levelland

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LEVELLAND, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2466:

On a serene Sunday morning 80 years ago, the skies above Pearl Harbor were darkened by the bombs of Japanese Forces in a surprise attack that tested the resilience of our Armed Forces and the will of the American people.

In honoring the heroes of that day who valiantly sacrificed to protect our homeland, the Lubbock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2466 is hosting a Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony on 7 December 2021.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM at the Hockley County Courthouse located at 802 Houston St, Levelland, Texas.

On that horrific day in Pearl Harbor, hundreds of Americans were declared Missing In Action (MIA) since their remains could not be recovered or identified.  US Navy Fireman 1st Class James O. McDonald who was declared MIA from the Battleship USS Oklahoma was identified in Dec 2020 and is being laid to rest in Hawaii, next to the sailors with whom he fought side-by-side.  Fireman 1st Class McDonald was from Levelland and is being remembered at a Memorial Service in his honor at the Hockley County Courthouse.  In attendance will be a WWII Veteran who will lay the wreath at the monument honoring the fallen.  The ceremony will include City of Levelland proclamation, roll call, wreath laying, 21 gun salute and TAPS.  

Points of contact for this ceremony is Benny Guerrero, Commander of the Lubbock Veterans of Foreign Wars at (760) 470-1154

Point of contact in Levelland is Andrea Corley, City Secretary for the City of Levelland at (806) 894-0113. 

(Press release from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2466)

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