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Pear Harbor survivors and widows mark attack anniversary

Pear Harbor survivors and widows mark attack anniversary »Play Video
JROTC units from West, Bakersfield and South high schools take part in the 72nd Pearl Harbor Remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Union Cemetery. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Albert Garcia)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The few remaining Kern County survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor took part in a ceremony Saturday to mark the anniversary at Union Cemetery.

The ceremony featured bell ringing and reflections by survivors Al Rodriquez and Joseph Licastro, as well as family members of attack survivors who are no longer with us.

The ceremony paid tribute to those who died during the Japanese invasion on Dec. 7, 1941, that marked the start of United States involvement in World War II.

Survivor Joseph Licastro was 21-years-old when the attack happened. He told reporter Jose Gaspar that for him, it should always serve as a reminder for Americans to be prepared.

Watch the raw interview here.

JROTC units from Bakersfield, West and South high schools took part in the ceremony along with the American Legion and Veterans Honor Guard.

The remembrance marked the 72nd anniversary of the attack.