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Tuesday, 8th December 2009
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Veterans remember 68th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Groups of people around the globe have gathered to mark the 68th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event which marked the US' entrance into the second world war conflict.

Battleships including the USS Arizona and the USS West Virginia were hit in the unannounced attack, which took place in the early hours of December 7th 1941.

According to the Yakima Herald, a group of survivors of the attack got together in the Yakima Valley in Washington yesterday (December 7th) to mark the event.

Groups also gathered in Dallas and Pennsylvania to take part in ceremonies to remember the event and those who died, local newspapers reported.

Figures published on the BBC show that in the attack, more than 2,400 Americans were killed, as well as almost 100 Japanese.

Pearl Harbor, which is in Hawaii, is the US Navy's busiest port and sees 2.4 million passengers pass through it each year.

Written by Kimberley Homer.