Folks Gather in Downtown Bangor to Remember Pearl Harbor 

Folks throughout the country are remembering a day that will live in infamy.It was 69 years ago Tuesday when the Japanese snuck up on, and bombed, US forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.”It’s been a challenging experience, but I’ve always been there to support my family and at this point, support all of our veterans,” said Sylvia Tainter.Tainter comes from a long lineage of veterans dating back to the colonies of America.She was one of many who gathered on the Kenduskeag Stream Bridge to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor. Tainter has a special connection to that day, her uncle survived it.”He never discussed it with the family, it was too horrendous. He came home and told his mother about it and then he never talked about it after that.”Paul Coburn, the organizer of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, says dwindling numbers of survivors and old age have threatened the existence of the national group, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, but after a vote, the group will carry on.”There will always be a remembrance. It’s just these pockets all over the country that will have the remembrance, it’s just the association won’t have a convention,” said Ray Lupo, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.Lupo believes it’s important to keep these groups alive, so important pieces of history don’t fade away.”We need to ensure that we always remember history, right from 1776 onward,” he said.And on this day that will live in infamy, the message of those who gathered is clear, Pearl Harbor is a day the country should never forget.”Our freedom is here because of our veterans and our military people and we need to teach our young people these kinds of things,” Tainter said.