Illinois Department of Veterans Affair Commemorate 78 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Dave Dahl
December 07, 2019 - 4:24 pm

(Dave Dahl)


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The reading of the “POW-MIA Missing Man Table” and the tossing of a wreath into the water are fixtures at the annual Pearl Harbor commemoration at Lake Springfield.

The table's missing spot signified those our country lost from the Japanese attack, which was 78 years ago today in 1941. 

“External vigilance is the price we pay for liberty,” said Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs director Linda Chapa LaVia in describing the aftermath of the Japanese attack.

And, the next time you visit the U.S.S. Arizona, you will notice something new, courtesy of Elks lodges.

“All of the plaques and signage at Pearl Harbor will be renewed and paid for by Elks lodges,” said John Begue, exalter ruler of the Springfield Elks Lodge 158, which hosted Saturday’s event.