Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING THE BATTLES - Local veterans and their families carry candles through the Simi Valley Town Center during a VFW Post 10049 Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony and procession from the military museum to the center courtyard, where they stood to hear the playing of taps, on Saturday, December 7.

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REMEMBERING THE BATTLES – Local veterans and their families carry candles through the Simi Valley Town Center during a VFW Post 10049 Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony and procession from the military museum to the center courtyard, where they stood to hear the playing of taps, on Saturday, December 7.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING THE BATTLES - Local veterans and their families carry candles through the Simi Valley Town Center during a VFW Post 10049 Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony and procession from the military museum to the center courtyard, where they stood to hear the playing of taps, on Saturday, December 7.

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REMEMBERING THE BATTLES – Local veterans and their families carry candles through the Simi Valley Town Center during a VFW Post 10049 Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony and procession from the military museum to the center courtyard, where they stood to hear the playing of taps, on Saturday, December 7.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers SERVICE WITH HONOR - Simi Valley resident and US Army veteran Master Sgt. Larry Faulkner (Ret) tells fellow veterans and guests about his experiences serving across Europe during World War II at a VFW Post 10049 commemoration ceremony, held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7. In two decades of service, Faulkner was awarded three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts, as well as the French Legion of Honor.

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SERVICE WITH HONOR – Simi Valley resident and US Army veteran Master Sgt. Larry Faulkner (Ret) tells fellow veterans and guests about his experiences serving across Europe during World War II at a VFW Post 10049 commemoration ceremony, held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7. In two decades of service, Faulkner was awarded three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts, as well as the French Legion of Honor.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers MEMORIES OF THE DAY - Local veterans listen to President Roosevelt’s speech announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 during a VFW Post 10049 commemoration ceremony held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7.

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MEMORIES OF THE DAY – Local veterans listen to President Roosevelt’s speech announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 during a VFW Post 10049 commemoration ceremony held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers MOMENT IN TIME - From left, US Navy and Air Force veteran Robert Gregory of Simi Valley, with wife Velma and “sons” Liam Boucher, 5, and his brother Blake, 6, portray a 1940s family listening to President Roosevelt’s speech announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor during a VFW Post 10049 commemoration ceremony for local veterans, held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7.

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MOMENT IN TIME – From left, US Navy and Air Force veteran Robert Gregory of Simi Valley, with wife Velma and “sons” Liam Boucher, 5, and his brother Blake, 6, portray a 1940s family listening to President Roosevelt’s speech announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor during a VFW Post 10049 commemoration ceremony for local veterans, held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE - Simi Valley VFW Post 10049 junior vice commander Matt Valenzuela holds a microphone for veteran Chief Petty Officer Ford Rice, US Navy Ret., as he describes what it was like to be standing aboard the deck of a hospital ship in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the USS Arizona just 400 feet away, during the post’s Pearl Harbor Commemoration, held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7.

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FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE – Simi Valley VFW Post 10049 junior vice commander Matt Valenzuela holds a microphone for veteran Chief Petty Officer Ford Rice, US Navy Ret., as he describes what it was like to be standing aboard the deck of a hospital ship in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the USS Arizona just 400 feet away, during the post’s Pearl Harbor Commemoration, held at the military museum in the Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, December 7.

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