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Aiding patriotism

February 19. 2013 7:25PM
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WILKES-BARRE – World War II veteran Jim Walsh would like nothing more than to see every home display an American flag on all appropriate holidays.

That's why Walsh brought eight other veterans to City Hall on Tuesday to accept a proclamation from Mayor Tom Leighton that encourages residents, property owners and business owners to display the American flag throughout the city to mark Dec. 7, the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.

We want to rekindle a show of patriotism and love for our country in a visible way, Walsh said. We urge everyone to display our flag to recognize and honor all veterans who have fought to keep our freedom.

Walsh, a veteran of World War II, brought veterans from all wars to the ceremony:

• U.S. Navy Commander Albert C. Seeman, Navy Reserve Center, Avoca

• U.S. Air Force Commander Lt. Col. Todd Peachey, Wilkes University ROTC

• U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert Potenziani, Reserve Training Center, Wyoming

• George Handzo, veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam

• Lou Cora, Vietnam, representing Italian American War Veterans

• John Emil Sr., Vietnam era

• Al Rowles, Vietnam

• Michael Walsh, U.S. Marines

We recognize the extraordinary sacrifice by these honored dead and all of those Americans of the Greatest Generation that defended this country and the world in its greatest hour of need, Leighton said.

Walsh, 87, is concerned citizens are losing a sense of pride in the American flag, and he wants local officials to work to restore it.

Pearl Harbor facts

• The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, occurred on Dec. 7, 1941.

• The Japanese attacked without warning.

• The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

• A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded; 68 civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded.

• The Japanese lost 65 men, with an additional soldier being captured.

• The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.S. into World War II.

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