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Northern Arizona VA Health Care System


75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Honor Our Veterans on December 7, 2016 - 75th Anniversary - Pearl Harbor Remembrance

From Left: Michael Welsh, Associate Director; NAVAHCS, Ed Carter, Volunteer; Veteran History Project, Rita Jordan, Associate Chief Nurse for Geriatrics & Extended Care; NAVAHCS, Trish Aljets, Voluntary Service Manager; NAVAHCS, Seymour Petrovsky, Veteran; donated the painting.

By Mary Dillinger
Monday, December 19, 2016

75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

A commemoration event was held in Bldg. 107 main lobby on December 7, 2016 where Air Force Veteran, Seymour Petrovsky donated his painting “The Last Mooring” to the facility. The painting was created from a photo that was taken only two days before the horrific attack in 1941.

The artist is Tom W. Freeman. A few years back Mr. Freeman met with Pearl Harbor survivor, Don Stratton who was aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack. Mr. Stratton autographed the painting that is now going to be hung in our Community Living Center (CLC) for all to see. The craftsmanship and detail on the painting is phenomenal.

Following the donation, the CLC held a tribute concert for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Students from the Flagstaff Elementary School played music for NAVAHCS Veterans.

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken U.S.S. Arizona battleship. It marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 Sailors and Marines who were killed during the attack. This loss of life represents over half of the Americans killed during the worst naval disaster in American History. The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is the most visited destination in Hawaii with 1.8 million visitors each year.

Thank you to all of our Pearl Harbor survivors, their families and the service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.


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