Beverly Hills News – Pearl Harbor Vets To Get Sendoff for Historic Revisit
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – 4:30 PM
Thirty World War II heroes will be honored Friday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as they make their way over to Hawaii to commemorate the events that occurred on Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.
Survivors of the worst attack on American soil in U.S. history, these veterans of the Greatest Generation were stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack. In the twilight of their years, their average age is 97 years old.
They will be honored Friday by philanthropists Karen and Gary Winnick, and then transported to Pearl Harbor Saturday for the 75th Anniversary. The evening will feature a special performance by the USO as a sendoff before the Pearl Harbor survivors fly on to Hawaii to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attack. Hilton Hotel owner Beny Alagem is hosting their stay at the Beverly Hilton.
This historic journey is a fitting salute to the 2,403 Americans who died there and 1,178 who were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships. All of the Americans killed or wounded during the attack were non-combatants, given the fact there was no state of war when the attack occurred.