Wilmington residents honored surviving local veterans of Pearl Harbor, in a ceremony at the Port Cityâ€™s historic World War II USO building.
They came in their ball caps and their jackets with the campaign ribbons — a few in wheelchairs, a couple in their old uniforms and fatigue caps.
Some 25 World War II veterans joined the packed crowd Thursday at Wilmingtonâ€™s oldÂ USO/Community Arts CenterÂ building at Second and Orange streets, to mark the 76th anniversary of the attack onÂ Pearl Harbor.
â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve had this many World War II boys in here since 1945,â€ joked Wilbur D. Jones Jr. of the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition, which organized the annual event.
The program began promptly at 1:25 p.m. — the moment, in local Wilmington time, when the first Japanese Navy bombers commenced their attack dives on Battleship Row.