Susan Anderson, historic preservation officer for the city of Uvalde, will be the keynote speaker at a special Pearl Harbor Day observance to be held tomorrow morning at the Uvalde County Courthouse.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the west steps of the courthouse building. The ceremony will mark the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II.
The surprise attack by the Japanese on United States military forces stationed in Hawaii came at 7:52 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. When the bombing and shooting was done, 2,403 Americans were dead, 188 airplanes were destroyed, and eight United States battleships were damaged or destroyed.
On Dec. 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, addressing a joint session of congress, declared war on the Empire of Japan.
About the speaker
Anderson grew up in the Dallas area and graduated from Baylor University where she majored in history. She and her husband Forrest moved to Uvalde in 1987. She served as the director of El Progreso Memorial Library for 25 years and has worked as the city’s historic preservation officer for the past six years.
The program will begin with Carmen Ybarra, president of American Legion Auxiliary 479, giving the invocation followed by the presentation of the colors by the Uvalde High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Cecilia T. Martinez, director of religious education at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Uvalde County veterans service officer Lalo Zamora will lead the pledge of allegiance.
Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Following Anderson’s remarks, Cecilia T. Martinez will sing “Amazing Grace.” Mike Phillips will play “Taps” on the trumpet, and the benediction will be offered by American Legion Post 479 Commander Jose Saucedo.
If the weather is inclement, the event will be moved to the annex of the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House.