NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Support Activity Naples held its annual Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony Dec. 6.
The ceremony was in remembrance of the military personnel and civilians who died in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack.
The ceremony featured a special demonstration by the Naval Hospital Naples drill team that honored the ships and crews that took the greatest casualties.
The drill team performed a "Battleship Row" formation, with each drill member representing one of the ships on Battleship Row during the attack. After the names of each vessel were called, two drill team members representing battleships USS Arizona (BB 39) and USS Oklahoma (BB 37) took a knee, signifying their loss during the battle.
Arizona went down with 1,177 Sailors, including 37 sets of brothers, accounting for almost half of the 2,403 Americans who died during the attack. Oklahoma capsized and lost 429 Sailors, resulting in the battle's second greatest loss of life after Arizona.
"It is a great honor to perform and represent one of the ships," Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jaden Sandi, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, who represented Arizona in the drill team formation. "It was an important part of our history."
After the performance a remembrance wreath was placed before the stage which was honored with salutes as a buglers played "Taps."
Dec. 7, 2013 is the 72nd anniversary of the attack, in which the Imperial Japanese navy's air raid on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.
"Seventy two years ago, the United States Navy suffered this devastating surprise attack by a massive force bent on destroying our fighting force and demoralizing our nation," said Capt. Scott Gray, NSA Naples commanding officer. "Through the trials and tribulations of a hard won war and a harder won peace, we have forged the enduring bonds of friendship with our European Allies and Italy in particular."
He compared the pre-World War II U.S. military situation to that of today and also spoke of how the war's effects are still felt today before finishing his speech with a reminder.
"Remember the many who lost their lives to protect the freedoms that define us as Americans; those same freedoms we continue to protect today. Remember Pearl Harbor."
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