Nearly 100 war veterans observe 73rd Pearl Harbor Anniversary in Hawaii

Washington, Dec 8 (EFE).- Nearly 100 World War II veterans have gathered together in Honolulu, Hawaii, to observe the 73rd anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Of the eight survivors of the attack that led to the United States' entry into the war who are still alive, four traveled to Hawaii on Sunday to take part in the annual ceremony despite their advanced years.

John Delmar Anderson, Lauren Fay Bruner, Louis A. Conter and Donald Gay Stratton, all in their 90's, poured a toast to their shipmates in arms and drank from the original champagne glasses from the attacked naval base to honor those who lost their lives in the attack, Hawaii News Now reported.

On Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese planes bombed the U.S. naval base and nearby army air fields at Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400 people.

The next day, the United States declared war on Japan, which in turn caused Japanese allies Germany and Italy, to declare war against the United States.

"On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the souls lost 73 years ago, we salute those who responded with strength and courage in service of our Nation, and we renew our dedication to the ideals for which they so valiantly fought," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a proclamation Friday.

He asked his country's citizens to commemorate this anniversary with appropriate ceremonies and activities and urged all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff Sunday in remembrance of the victims of the attack.