Parish honors Pearl Harbor survivorsDec 14th, 2012 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: Top Story
Veterans, active duty servicemembers, along with family and friends, gathered at Pearl Harbor Park in Chalmette to honor the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7.
Keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Service was Debra Jones-Posey, daughter of Ed Jones, Pearl Harbor survivor and founder of the Ed Jones Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
Jones-Posey reiterated to the crowd how important it was to keep the memory of the Pearl Harbor
bombing alive, especially among the younger generations who may not grasp the significance of the event that took the lives of 2,403 on the U.S. side alone.
“Pearl Harbor Survivors Association’s motto is: Lest we forget, remember Pearl Harbor, keep America alert,” said Jones-Posey. “Eternal vigilance is the price of peace.”
Jones-Posey recognized veterans in the audience, including several who were in the military at Pearl Harbor. John DiBetta, served in the Navy on the USS Detroit; James Cook, served in the Navy and was on the USS Rigel at a Pearl Harbor shipyard being overhauled; Robert Templet, served in the Navy and was a radioman on Ford Island within Oahu for Pearl Harbor, and is the President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; and James Womack served in the USS St. Louis.