"For these survivors, their commitment to remembrance does not stem from a place of pride for past achievements but rather from an unrelenting dedication to duty and to the United States of America," said Krier. "They spread the story of that tragic day in the hopes that we can all remember."
After initial pushback stemming from naming a U.S. warship after a losing battle, the naming of USS Pearl Harbor signified a triumphant legacy of valor, comradery, perseverance and victory over enemies, he said. 'Remember Pearl Harbor!' is and will always be, this nation's battle cry.
"The attack on Pearl Harbor is this generation's Sept. 11 and will remain in our history books because they happened on our soil," said Seaman Nina Kettles, an undesignated Sailor from USS Pearl Harbor. "These are the events that the American people should never forget."
Krier said that having the opportunity to speak with these survivors, hear their stories and relive their history has been the greatest and most humbling experience of his naval career.
"Pearl Harbor survivors rest assured that the men and women of the USS Pearl Harbor strive daily to honor your legacy of bravery, heroism and ultimately, of victory," he said. "'Remember Pearl Harbor!' keeps America alert, reminding us that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
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