MAYPORT, Fla. - At 7:55 a.m. Friday -- a time that lives in infamy -- more than 200 veterans gathered at Mayport Naval Station to remember those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Friday marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II.
Several Pearl Harbor survivors attended this year's Mayport ceremony, which was held aboard the USS DeWert.
"This is a yearly event hosted by the Fleet Reserve Association," Austin said.
Part of the tradition at Mayport's Pearl Harbor remembrance is throwing flowers overboard to honor their fallen comrades.
Austin said because Jacksonville is a Navy town, there is a lot of community support for this ceremony, adding he truly enjoys attending these ceremonies.
President Barack Obama called for flags to fly at half-staff Friday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the attacks.
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