Pearl Harbor survivors meet for the last time

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Pearl Harbor survivors meet for last time

By JAYMES SONG, Associated Press Writer
Wed Dec 6, 6:20 PM ET

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - This will be their last visit to this watery grave to share stories, exchange smiles, find peace and salute their fallen friends. This, they say, will be their final farewell.
With their number quickly dwindling, survivors of Pearl Harbor will gather Thursday one last time to honor those killed by the Japanese 65 years ago, and to mark a day that lives in infamy.

"This will be one to remember," said Mal Middlesworth, president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. "It's going to be something that we'll cherish forever."

The survivors have met here every five years for four decades, but they're now in their 80s or 90s and are not counting on a 70th reunion. They have made every effort to report for one final roll call.

A toast to these fine men and women is due, may they rest easy.

Pearl Harbour was a dark hour in US annals, but the glimmer of hope in Europe's.