A variety of ceremonies are being held throughout the Bay Area Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, that killed about 2,400 members of the America's military and plunged the nation into World War II.
Pearl Harbor survivors were honored at a ceremony Friday morning at Coast Guard Island in Alameda that included the placing of a wreath, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.
Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft, the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, and Rear Admiral Christopher Colven, the Coast Guard Pacific Area deputy commander, participated in the ceremony.
Also Friday morning, the Northern California Recycle Rides program marked the anniversary by presenting refurbished vehicles at Chilton Auto Body in San Francisco to American soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service project in which members of the National Auto Body Council repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need in their local communities.
At 3:45 p.m., the 48th annual lighting of the beacon atop Mount Diablo is scheduled to take place. The Eye of Diablo, the rotating beacon on top of Mount Diablo, will shine throughout the night to honor those who served.
The event is sponsored by Save Mount Diablo, which has helped repair and restore the beacon, and the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
In addition, there will be an art exhibit by more than 20 U.S. Military veterans at Bridgehead Studios in Alameda from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The artwork includes photos, pixels, paint, pottery and sculpture.
The day after the Pearl Harbor attack, President Franklin Roosevelt told Congress in a speech that Dec. 7, 1941, is "a date which will live in infamy."
California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a proclamation today, "While still deploring the treachery of one country attacking another without provocation, we remember with even greater awe the valor of those who defended Pearl Harbor, and the many more who answered their country's call in the ensuing mobilization."
Brown said, "The 2,402 members of the armed forces who gave their lives that day will always live in our hearts as true American heroes."
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