The City of Lockport held a ceremony on Church St. Monday afternoon honoring the fallen of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. The attack on a United States Navy base ended 2,403 lives, officially launching our nation’s entrance into World War II.
Attending officials included Assemblyman Mike Norris, Senator Rob Ortt, City of Lockport Mayor Michelle Roman, and Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark Crocker.
Senator Ortt, a recipient of the Bronze Star; an Army Commendation Medal; the Afghan Campaign Medal; and a Combat Infantry Badge, delivered remarks for those lost.
“That day not only signified an attack on America, but that was a day that changed the trajectory of our country forever,” Ortt said, adding, “We have set the world stage, we have set the tone for the international order, and a lot of that began on December 7, 1941 when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor.”
The Senator concluded, “To those sailors who didn’t make it home that day, we never forget you and your families. May God bless them, their families, and god bless the United States of America.”
A moment of silence was given for those who fought and died, with a wreath of roses placed into the canal’s passing current to remember those lost 79 years ago.