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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

Hawaii - December 7, 2013

Military Order of the Purple Heart Rainbow Chapter 483 Honors Pearl Harbor Survivors at the 72th  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

"They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side."
-Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

"Sound the Alarm" was the theme for the 72th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.   Rainbow Chapter 483, Military Order of the Purple Heart paid tribute to those brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and native Hawaiians who gave their lives in the service of their country. Hawaii Department Commander Thomas Y. Tanaka and the members of the Rainbow Chapter hosted Region II Commander Dan Cannode, LAMOPH National President Barbara Cannode, National Public Relations Director James Klug and his wife Stephanie.

As President Franklin D. Roosevelt predicted December 7, 1941 would be, "A day that will live in infamy."   The Japanese planes that attacked the Military bases on Oahu, Hawaii damaged or sank eight U.S. Navy Battleships, three destroyers, three cruisers, support ships, one hundred-eight aircraft and facilities.  Fatalities numbered 2,402 and 1,282 were wounded.  There were an estimated 84,000 American service members who survived the attack on December 7th.   It is believed that there are only about 1500 survivors alive today.  Those able to return to Oahu on December 7, 2013 numbered around 50.  The youngest survivor is estimated to be 90 years of age.

At 7:45 AM former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and former Secretary of the Veterans Administration and current Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission recounted the events that led this nation into war in the Pacific and Europe.  "We recall the events of that day so many years ago, the legacy of courage and commitment to uphold the ideals for which they served and resulted in peace for this nation."   Survivors, family members, patriotic citizens, military and government officials all paused at 7:54.am the exact time the bombing began on Pearl Harbor.  This attack ushered the U.S. into World War II which lasted for 1,351 days, ending on September 5, 1945 Cleland said.

Current U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., said the U.S. remembers Pearl Harbor and will make us vigilant.  "The United States is and will remain a Pacific power. But we also remember the warning from those who survived Pearl Harbor, and we are increasing our vigilance accordingly," Harris said. "Today, we are focused as we listen for the sound of the alarms."  In the words of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association mission statement: Keep America Alert; Remember Pearl Harbor.

Hawaii Department Commander Thomas Y. Tanaka and the members of Rainbow Chapter 482 and Region II Commander Dan Cannode

The theme of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day parade is "Remembering our past and celebrating our future. The purpose of the parade is to honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor Survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families. The Military Order of the Purple Heart will symbolize all of the great heroes of military conflicts throughout our history. Your presence in the parade will pay tribute to the brave Sailors and Marines who gave their lives on December 7, 1941 The theme of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade is "Remembering our past and celebrating our future. The purpose of the parade is to honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor Survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families. The Military Order of the Purple Heart will symbolize all of the great heroes of military conflicts throughout our history. Your presence in the parade will pay tribute to  and Marines who gave their lives on December 7, 1941

The organization now known as the  "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, Jim Klug, 541-778-3480
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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