LEHIGHTON -- At 12:48 p.m., folks gathered at the World War II memorial in Lehighton to pay tribute to service members and civilians who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
The time marks the exact moment of the surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor, leading America into the Second World War.
"It's 75 years since the bombing of Japanese of Pearl Harbor that spring-boarded the United States into World War ll, and I think we could look back and realize it can happen again and we did find that out on 9/11. We always have to be vigilant," said Harry J Wynn lll of the 30th District American Legion.
This was the 32nd annual Pearl Harbor Day ceremony held by the Lehighton United Veterans Organization.
58 service members from the Lehighton area died during the war, their names enshrined on a memorial.
"They put their whole life on the line. They left their families. They dropped out of school just to fight and win World War II," said Wynn.
"All Americans should learn the cost of freedom. Freedom is not free, and people should learn and respect that," said Larry Heffley, former Marine.
The memorial will serve as a daily reminder for folks of the ultimate sacrifice.
"It's a story that has to be told. You have to tell history so you don't repeat the same mistakes and we can tell the story," said Keith Boyer, Air Force Veteran.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, veterans laid a wreath in front of the memorial.
Organizers from the veterans group want the public to remain alert so an attack like December 7, 1941 never happens again.