Local veterans, residents, and cadets joined Mayor Harry Rilling on Saturday at Norwalk City Hall to honor the 72nd Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks.
"Pearl Harbor was the 9-11 of the older generation," said Richard Olson, commander of the Frank C. Godfrey American Legion Post No. 12. "They say it was America's call-to-arms, and if we do not remember these events in the future, they're going to go by the wayside and they say if you fail to remember history, it can repeat itself."
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:55 am on December 7 of 1941, where over 2,400 American servicemen and civilians were killed. Veterans say if there's one thing they would like people to know, it would be to honor everyone equally.
"But you can't expect it because the ones that are here now, they're all old," said World War II South Pacific Navy Veteran Bob Speilman. "And it's hard to get around and you can't meet all of the things that happen."
As a former Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, Rilling says it's important for both young and old to recognize their sacrifice.
"Don't forget our veterans who are still serving overseas away from their families so that our freedoms can be protected," said Rilling. "Don't forget those who lost their lives in Pear Harbor of 1941."
Cadets from Brien McMahon ROTC program say it's always an honor to support Norwalk's veterans.
"1 out of every 10 people at McMahon is a cadet," said cadet Johanna Arias. "There's 164 cadets in the unit and we really work towards supporting our veterans, this is why we're here today."
"You see a veteran on the streets, go up and say thanks," Rilling said. "And let's take care of our veterans when they come home."