"When the attack happened, I was in the kitchen, just got through eating breakfast. All I saw was airplanes," says Pearl Harbor survivor Al Matthews. Al Matthews has clear memories of December 7th, 1941. A day that has lived in infamy. "That was a shame. So many wounded. The wounded was terrible," says Matthews. Veterans and local residents gathered on the beach in Somers Point to honor the men that fought to protect our country that morning.
"Everyone here, their freedom was paid for by those people who lost their lives back than," says Lee Gilbert, a submarine veteran. "We are the home of the free because of the brave," says Lee Darby, daughter of a survivor.
Lee Darby's father shared his memories of surviving the Pearl Harbor attack with her. He died one year ago.
"My father said if you had a baseball, you could of hit the pilot in the plane. That's how low they were flying. I wouldn't be here if my father hadn't survived," says Darby.
"My uncle was in Pearl Harbor and we didn't know whether he was dead or alive. I could still remember my mother crying," says Bill Capo, a World War II veteran. Each year on December 7th, the nation pauses to remember the surprise attack that took the lives of thousands.
"We lost a lot of good people and today kind of honors their service," says Gilbert. And survivors that were at Pearl Harbor that day, say they hope that the sacrifice of those lost will always be remembered.
"Well, I think about them. I think about them all the time," says Matthews.
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