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Local Pearl Harbor survivors to mark anniversary Saturday

  • Pearl Harbor survivor Herb Louden attends the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Hall in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Only a small handful of veterans of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor remain alive in Sonoma and Lake counties, and most of them are expected to take part in public remembrances Saturday morning.

Three survivors of the attack by Japan that drew the U.S. into World War II say they will participate in a breakfast and 72nd anniversary memorial at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

It will start at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast prepared by members of the American Legion. The meal costs $8.

A free program will begin at 9 a.m. Herb Louden of Petaluma, who is 96 now and in '41 witnessed the attack from aboard the hospital ship USS Solace, will preside.

A bell will be tolled for the Pearl Harbor survivors who passed away in the North Bay in recent years. Charles Fosse, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, will deliver a brief keynote address.

In Lakeport, only one survivor of the attack is believed able to attend a ceremony that will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Mast at lakeside Library Park.

Participants then will move the remembrance indoors to Lakeport City Hall.

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