Saturday is anniversary of attack at Pearl Harbor

Saturday is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — marking the attack that brought the United States into World War II.

Events are being held in Newnan and Warm Springs remembering the events of Pearl Harbor.

Today, a World War II history scholar will discuss the Pearl Harbor attack in a program at Newnan Carnegie Library.

Dr. Walt Todd, professor at Shorter University of Atlanta, returns to the Newnan Carnegie Library to provide another program in his history series, “World War II – Remembering The War” — this time focusing on the attack on Pearl Harbor. The talk is from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Today’s lecture will detail the attack on the U.S. Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. According to Todd, new information has been released within the past five years providing even more detail into this massive Japanese air attack on U.S. military ships based in Hawaii.

Retired from the University of West Georgia after 31 years of teaching, Todd returned to teaching history at Shorter University. He has written three books on military history on the subjects of the air defense of the Japanese home islands in World War II, the air defense of North Vietnam from 1965-1972 and the development of storm trooper weapons and tactics in World War I.

Located at 1 LaGrange Street on the historic downtown Court Square in Newnan, the Carnegie may be reached at 770-683-1347 to reserve your spot for the lecture.

— Georgia officials will pay tribute to those who served our nation in World War II, which began with the attack at Pearl Harbor, in a commemorative program at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs.

Officials at FDR’s presidential retreat are planning a full day of activities Saturday.

“This Saturday, we want to honor those that served in WWII. December 7, 1941, is a day that those of that generation will never forget,” said Site Manager Robin Glass.

Pearl Harbor survivor Dixie Harris will meet and greet guests and sign autographs for children. “This is an American hero from the ground up,” Glass said. “We are thrilled and honored that our guests are going to get to meet him, shake his hand and have the opportunity to say thank you.”

Brian Roslund, historian and president of the non-profit Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House, will deliver the keynote address for the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Ceremonies, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 1:48 p.m. The Friends of FDR's Little White House is encouraging all World War II veterans to attend and will be sponsoring their admission.

Students are encouraged to visit as well as teachers as this fits right in with the Georgia Performance Standards, said officials.

The Little White House also provides opportunities for Boy and Girl Scouts to complete some of their merit badges. Actor James Fowler of Barnesville, Ga., will provide a re-enactment of the Declaration of War as was delivered by President Roosevelt.

Kelly’s Zeroes and the Ft. Gordon Signal Corps Museum will provide living history for historic site visitors. In addition, Operation Stars and Stripes will be collecting gifts and donations for America’s troops serving in Afghanistan.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while Governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. During FDR’s presidency, he developed many New Deal Programs based upon his experiences in rural Georgia.

While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in a museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford with hand controls. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the Servants and Guest quarters, and the nearby Pools complex that FDR built and what first brought the future president to Warm Springs.

Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site, located in Warm Springs, Georgia is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST daily. For more information visit; .

For more information on the Warm Springs Pearl Harbor program call 706-655-5870.

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