It was an evening of remembrance and tribute as dozens gathered to honor the survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and other World War II veterans.
The December 7th Remembered gala took place Tuesday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
In attendance was Ray Chavez who is the oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor.
“How old are you? 104. Hahaha. I’m surprised. I don’t know if I’ll make it another year or months. I don’t know. But I hope to come back and see the people that are here. They’ve been very nice, very helpful. I appreciate what they’ve done for me,” said Chavez.
00;07;17;54 I’m just happy to still be alive all this time. I’m 95-years-old. I went through a whole campaign. 10 battlestars, two purple hearts, I’m still alive. I’m so happy,” said Milton Mapou, Pearl Harbor survivor.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration event at Pearl Harbor.