VIRGINIA BEACH-Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, prompting America's entrance into World War II.
There's a remembrance ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story to honor survivors and the lives lost on December 7, 1941, called by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 'A date that will live in infamy.'
Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commander, U.S. Marine Forces Command, will speak at the 12:55 p.m. ceremony, which marks the exact time of the attack. It will be held at the Pearl Harbor Monument, which was built and dedicated in 1990 by the PHSA Tidewater Chapter 2. It includes the names of 184 known local survivors of that day.
Also today, Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex is holding a Pearl Harbor in the base chapel at 12:55 p.m.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in Virginia.