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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941 the home port of America's Pacific fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy and brought the United States into World War II. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates and remembers the more than 2,000 Americans killed and over 1,000 injured in that surprise attack.

The U.S. flag should be flown in mourning at half-staff till sunset. When flying the flag at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the top of the staff for an instant, then lowered to the mid-way point of the staff (half-staff). It should be raised to the top of the staff again before lowering the flag at the end of the day. For more information go to

One Veteran's Memories of Pearl Harbor

As we remember our veterans we thought it would be interesting to tell about one of our Pearl Harbor veterans, Electrician's Mate Second (EM2) Bud Cloud, who served on the destroyer, the USS Dewey. The USS Dewey was moored in a nest having tender overhaul when the attack began but was underway by 1505. A report from the USS Dewey on that day can be read at

Over seventy years later one of the USS Dewey's veterans, wanted to meet the third ship to be named Dewey. Unfortunately, EM2 Cloud was dying and was scheduled to be moved to hospice. Through the diligent work of a friend, arrangements were made for Cloud to visit the ship. According to an article in the Daily Mail, "The crew of the USS Dewey have honored the dying wish of a Pearl Harbor survivor by allowing him on board the latest version of the destroyer he served on in the Second World War." The story goes on to describe how "the sailors carried the 90-year-old veteran on board and attentively listened as he shared his memories from the war."

On deck: The crew of USS Dewey with Bud Cloud and Jennie Haskamp.

"During one story, Cloud was stopped mid-sentence as one of the crew members brought a large photo of the original USS Dewey over to show him.

"That moment was priceless," Ms. Haskamp said. "Bud stopped mid-sentence and yelled, 'There she is!'"

The USS Dewey that EM2 Cloud served on during the Second World War.

She said the crew continued to hold the photo up as Cloud told them about the ship's armament and details of the attack in Pearl Harbor.

After an exhausting visit, it was time to leave. "As he neared the gangplank they announced over the ship's speakers: 'Electrician's Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, departing.'" Cloud died thirteen days later and as the crew had promised during his visit, provided his burial honors and attended his reception after the burial.


Recently a young couple stopped by Glendale ParadeStore in person to purchase a shoulder cord for their daughter who was participating in a local Veterans' Day parade. The proud parents went on to tell us a little bit about their Civil Air Patrol unit and how excited their group was to participate in Wreaths Across America. You may have seen wreaths at cemeteries or near town memorials at Christmas time but many of us did not realize that there was a nationwide organization that makes this happen.

Picture from website.

On December 14th wreaths will be placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery and at over 800 participating cemeteries while simultaneously wreaths will be placed at appropriate spots at all the state capitals or town memorials.

The story of how Wreaths Across America ("WAA") was started is incredible and although we do not have space to retell the entire story please visit the WAA website, to read the history. The website states that, "Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation's capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and his successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country."

"In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington National, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country's Veterans. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington National in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year." A local company helped truck the wreaths to Arlington National and this annual wreath laying went on quietly for several years. In 2005 a picture of the wreaths in snow became an internet sensation and Worcester Wreath was flooded with requests from all over the country to do the same for cemeteries across the country.

To say this organization has been a success would be an understatement. In 2007 a non-profit corporation, Wreaths Across America, was established to handle the mission of the organization, REMEMBER HONOR TEACH. The website states that "In 2010, Wreaths Across America and our national network of volunteers laid over 220,000 memorial wreaths at 545 locations in the United States and beyond. We were able to include ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the September 11 tragedies. We accomplished this with help from 902 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands."

Escort to Arlington National Cemetery

One of the success stories of Wreaths Across America is the caravan of trucks that take the wreaths from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. Along the way, the trucks stop for brief visits at schools, towns, veterans' homes and memorials in order to help spread their mission. A schedule of this year's trip down the east coast can be found on the website.

Does My Town Participate?

Chances are it does. On the website look under EVENT and there is a Location tab that helps you locate the wreath laying ceremony closest to your home or office.

Photo: WAA website,

In addition to laying wreaths on graves, Wreaths Across America also place wreaths at each of the state capitals, usually in front of memorial plagues remembering veterans. The above picture shows two young cadets placing a wreath at the Indiana State House. Special speakers attend the event and thank the veterans and active military members in attendance.

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