The public is invited to attend the annual Pearl Harbor Memorial ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion Post 10, 1215 Pacific Boulevard SE., in Albany.

Capt. James A. Haggart, United States Navy retired, will be the guest speaker.

The colors will be presented by the Post 10 Honor Guard and Glenn Hunter will play taps.

A brunch will be served after the ceremony.

At 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, 361 warplanes from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

On that day, 2,008 naval personnel — including 1,177 on the USS Arizona alone — 109 Marines, 218 Army members and 68 civilians died.

Another 1,178 Americans were wounded in the 90-minute attack.

The attack propelled the United States into World War II.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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