Moorhead students keeping the memory of Pearl Harbor aliveMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It wasn't that long ago that school teachers in our area were able to mark Pearl Harbor Day by bringing in a survivor from that tragic day. But with so many World War Two Veterans gone, that live oral history is disappearing.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
It wasn't that long ago that school teachers in our area were able to mark Pearl Harbor Day by bringing in a survivor from that tragic day. But with so many World War Two Veterans gone, that live oral history is disappearing. At Moorhead's Horizon Middle School there is a real effort to keep the story of Pearl Harbor on history's front burner.
In Lynn Johnson's 6th grade class the morning started with a memory.
Lynn Johnson – Horizon Teacher: “70 years ago, that was a long time ago.”
At a time when these kids see war portrayed on Xbox and Playstation, it would be easy to push aside Pearl Harbor. But these are about to intensely study that fateful day, and how it changed our country, its people.
Lynn Johnson: “Can you think of something we are really thankful for because of what they went through?”
Horizon's 7th graders put on a huge World War Two project fair recently. James Johnson is a proud grandson of another James Johnson; his grandpa who fought in World War II and just recently died.
James Johnson – Horizon Student: “I am proud to be named after him and to be related to him, it feels really good that I can carry on his legacy.”
And a great Uncle was at Pearl Harbor, 70 years ago today. The old film can still give you the shivers. The stories still can make you proud, and even this generation is thankfully, thankful,
Lynn Johnson: “Protecting our freedoms and protecting other people's freedoms.”
Mindful of the sacrifices made that day. About 3,000 people gathered for a special memorial at Pearl Harbor overlooking the sunken USS Arizona.