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79 years ago, the attack on Pearl Harbor changed American history when more than 2,400 Americans were killed and the country was thrust into World War II.
On 7th December 2020, Monday, dozens gathered at the Salt -River USS Memorial Gardens to commemorate the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor incident.
Al Yarusso played the somber melody Taps, since he was 18 years old in the Army band. He was a constant band player for playing during funerals for soldiers which according to him, make him emotional as sometimes the soldiers are even younger than him.
The 71 year old grabbed his trumpet to share his gift of music without ever being asked. Tony Ventura, Air Force Veteran says that this day is always emotional to the entire country and it is a day to honour soldiers saying this day will never be forgotten.
On the 79th anniversary, Veterans paid tribute and their respects alongside families.
As dozens gathered around the manicured, hallowed grounds, they reflected on the loss, as well as the country’s response to pay respect to the soldiers who have risked their lives for the protection of our country.
Right now, America’s battle is with the COVID-19 virus.
In 2020, Taps has been played for combat veterans who have lost their lives and represented the United States of America. Among the members that gathered, there was hope among the group that America would learn from the past and honor the men and women who gave up everything for our country.
Located east of Pima Road, between Great Wolf Lodge Arizona and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Memorial Gardens features a piece of the original boathouse of the USS Arizona that sank at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The Gardens is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk.
By Meena Atmakuri