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Conter salutes after placing a wreath at the "Remembrance Wall" on board the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu

USS Arizona survivor Louis Conter salutes after placing a wreath at the "Remembrance Wall" on board the USS Arizona Memorial during the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 2013. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)

Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary

Yahoo NewsDecember 7, 2013

About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

The crowd observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago.

A vintage World War II-era airplane — a 1944 North American SNJ-5B — flew overhead to break the silence. The Hawaii Air National Guard has used its fighter jets and helicopters to perform the flyover for many years, but federal budget cuts prevented it from participating this year.