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Bench memorializes Pearl Harbor, World War II
FARMINGTON — A new memorial bench is being installed in Memory Gardens Cemetery to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The bench will be dedicated during a ceremony Thursday commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
The memorial dedication will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington.
The Desert Gold Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, which includes Farmington and surrounding areas, worked to get the bench designed and installed in the veterans memorial area of the cemetery.
The bench includes the engraving "May we never forget those who died there and those who served in World War II. We honor their service and sacrifice." It also includes the inscription "December 7, 1941 A date which will live in infamy..." quoting the now-famous words of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the attack.
The attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed more than 2,300 people, was one of the triggering events that led to the United States entering World War II.
"The men who fought in World War II were absolutely the bravest men," said Diane Halvorsen, regent for Desert Gold Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
She said the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to honor them while there are still some living World War II veterans.
Halvorsen said the cemetery was chosen as the location of the bench because of its veterans memorial.
"We just thought it would be a nice place for families to go and reflect," she said.
The attack on Pearl Harbor spurred a rise in patriotism as the country entered World War II.
"It gave all the people then a chance to show that they cared about our country," Halvorsen said.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.