Dec. 7, 1941, is truly a day that has lived in infamy, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt solemnly declared it would be when announcing the news of the Pearl Harbor attack on the United States.
This year marked the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack. The Boston National Historical Park, the USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum hosted a commemorative service and wreath laying on Wednesday to commemorate the attack by Japanese troops on a U.S. naval base in Hawaii.
The ceremony was held on the USS Cassin Young, named for the U.S. Navy Commander who was awarded the Medal of Honor after his actions on that day, in which he heroically swam back to his ship after he was blown overboard by a USS Arizona magazine explosion.Young swam through fire to take control of his ship and moved it away from the USS Arizona in order to save it.
The USS Cassin Young has been at the Boston National Historical Park, within the Charlestown Navy Yard, since 1978, according to the USS Constitution Museum. The anniversary ceremonyincluded a rifle salute and a rendition of "Taps" by the Leatherneck Honors Society, along with a gun salute from the USS Constitution.