City of Amsterdam scheduled to host Pearl Harbor memorial

AMSTERDAM — The city  will conduct a memorial observance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, this Wednesday, at 12:55 pm, on the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook.

The ceremony will be brief due to the weather. There will be concise remarks and a wreath will be cast into the waters as “Taps” is sounded.

The ceremony marks a return to the traditional Amsterdam practice of observing the occasion by the casting of  a wreath which has not been done in recent years. The time selected is the exact moment the first bombs fell on Wheeler Air Field, killing William Hasenfuss, Jr., the first Amsterdamian killed in World War II, and one of the first Americans to die in the war.

All members of the public are invited.

By Chad Fleck

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