75 years ago today was a day to remember. Messenger Post Media has compiled several stories and a complete, historical look back on Dec. 7, 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor.
We have several reports remembering Dec. 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor: GateHouse Media has put together an exceptional, historical look back, 75 years ago.
On Sunday, Messenger Post Media spoke with a group of residents from Ferris Hills and Clark Meadows in Canandaigua who have lasting memories of this day, 75 years ago.
Our news partner, News10NBC also spoke with a local man who was there:
On this day 75 years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Stan Hwalek found himself alone in the dark as bombs flew in his ship's direction.
Stan Hwalek: They took people by their last name, the initial of the last name. A through C went to USS so and so. And my name just happened to go to the USS Nevada.
That's how Stan Hwalek ended up in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. From his living room, Hwalek walked News10NBC through his seven year naval career, with vivid memories of what happened 75 years ago.
Hwalek's battle station was down below, where his job was to hoist powder up to the deck. That's where he was when the torpedo hit.
Stan Hwalek: When the torpedo hit I felt how the ship just heaved up and scared the heck out of me. In fact I was scared all the time I was in there because I was all alone. I had phones but the power went out, lights went out. It was pitch black. I'm in a cabbie hole no bigger than a phone booth.
More than 50 people would die on the USS Nevada that day. Under relentless attack, she eventually ended up running aground.
Stan Hwalek: It was confusion. Nobody knew what was happening. Everybody was nervous. Some guys had rifles. They heard a noise in the sugar cane field, they were shooting their guns.
Hwalek ended up serving until just a few months after World War II ended. He came back home to Rochester, got a job and got married.
Wednesday morning there will be a ceremony at the Rochester Yacht Club in Irondequoit. Hwalek goes to the ceremony every year on this day. He fears in 10 or 15 years, the day will be forgotten, like another day from a generation before his.
Stan Hwalek: Just like November 11, 1918 is forgot. Yet it was observed quite a bit when I was a kid. It was the armistice from World War I.
His challenge to you is to talk to kids about it. Teachers talk to your students, parents talk to your children.
Hwalek and other Pearl Harbor survivors will throw wreaths into the Genesee River, like they do every year.