On Thursday, Cleveland honored the memories of those who perished at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago and the survivors of that day when Imperial Japan attacked the United States.
Pearl Harbor survivor George Allen, 95, lit a remembrance candle during the ceremony organized by the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland led the invocation and benediction prayers.
State Rep. Kevin Brooks was the featured speaker. Brooks presented a proclamation from Gov. Bill Haslam to Allen.
Many veterans groups, including World War II veterans, attended the program held at the Elks Lodge downtown.
The city’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony was first organized over a dozen years ago by Bill Norwood, a Korean POW, and other veterans.
Bradley Central High School JROTC Color Guard tried out a restored World War II Jeep after posting colors. SFC Roger Wright, Cadets Sarah Satterfield, Marie Culp, Rachel Fowler and Olivia McMahan.
State Representative Kevin Brooks presents George Allen with a Pearl Harbor Day proclamation from Governor Bill Haslam.