WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — As the nation paused to remember Pearl harbor Day, survivor and Navy veteran Robert Greenleaf dropped a memorial wreath into the water off the Great River Bridge in Westfield.
“Remember Pearl Harbor, keep America alert,” said Greenleaf.
Veterans and members of the community gathered at the bridge to remember those who served and the 24-hundred Americans who died at Pearl Harbor.
Greenleaf will never forget what he saw and heard that day.
“What I remember most is the sounds the ships blowing up, it’s a sound that can’t be duplicated, the closet thing to it is an airplane going through the sound barrier,” says Greenleaf.
The ceremony also welcomed the rock of Pearl Harbor to its permanent home near the Great River Bridge.
It’s named in memory of Frank Wojtkiewicz, who died in the sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona.
Family member Jane Wendell thanked the community for remembering the sacrifice made by so many at Pearl Harbor.
“It is wonderful, people do remember when I look around and see many familiar faces, they do come every year.” says Wendell.
Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik, the main speaker, said Westfield will never forget and that Pearl Harbor day will be held every year as long as there is a Westfield.