Northland Veterans Remember Pearl Harbor Day

By KBJR News 1

December 7, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM CST

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- The annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony honored survivors and those who died fighting on Dec. 7, 1941.

"Pearl Harbor has to be remembered because 2,500 men died that thought they were going to live a long and enjoyable healthy life and it brought us into the longest protracted war we have ever been in," said Brad Bennett who is with the VFW.

A Survivor Flag, given to the VFW by Conrad Treichler, was a survivor of the attacks was also displayed. Conrad has since passed away.

"He was a member of the Pearl Harbor survivor association and that was the flag survivors had. When the chapter folded he donated it to the VFW," said his son, David Treichler.

There are now only two survivors left in the Northland, Arleigh Birk of Hoyt Lakes and Donald Long of Barnum.

"People are getting older, there aren't that many people even alive, today that were alive during Pearl Harbor," said Bennett.

Gordy Caza was also one Northland survivor of the war. He passed away in Sept. but left some stories with us.

"Hundreds of air planes flying around and pretty soon there come one airplane right down over where we were standing out there," Caza said in a previous interview with the KBJR 6.

Some veterans hope stories like Caza's will be told and remembered for generations.

"Its important for us that are still here to educate and let people know that that was a time in our life that the whole world pulled together, the whole country pulled together," said Bennett.

Congressmen Rick Nolan also remembered those who died at Pearl Harbor in Hoyt Lakes today.

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