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Saluting the Brave

Survivors and families gather to remember attack on Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Survivors of each of the nine battleships that were bombed in the attack on Pearl Harbor have paid respects to their comrades who perished 66 years ago.

A few dozen survivors stood today on a pier overlooking the sunken hull of the USS Arizona and saluted the flag as a sailor sang the "Star Spangled Banner." Overall, more than 2,300 Americans died in the December 7th, 1941, attacks that brought the U.S. into World War II, including some 900 still entombed in the sunken Arizona.

During today's ceremony, Hawaii Air National Guard helicopters flew over the harbor in "missing man" formation in honor of those lost. B-2 stealth bombers currently deployed to Guam from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri performed an additional flyby.

Family members, friends, officials and the public honored the survivors with a standing ovation and several minutes of loud applause.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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