80 roses flown to the Statue of Liberty in remembrance of 80 years since Pearl Harbor attack
A solemn tribute was held in Farmingdale Tuesday to mark 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale teamed up with the Long Island Air Force Association for a special remembrance.
Lisa Blutt's father Seymour survived the attack, but he never spoke about it growing up.
"As long as I am able to, I will be here in my dad's honor," Blutt says.
She says her father was on kitchen patrol the day of the attack and had to run in a zigzag to his airplane to avoid gunfire.
Eighty roses, one for each year since the attack, were blessed, presented to a military pilot and then flown out to the Statue of Liberty. They were dropped into the water at 12:55 p.m., the time on the East Coast when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
World War II veterans say it's more important than ever to never forget what happened on that day.
"It's 80 years ago, and it's easy enough for Americans to forget, which they do, and that's a shame," says David Marshall.
Retired Col. Bill Stratemeier added that veterans provided younger generations the values that some Americans take for granted.