LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – With 75 years having passed since the attacks on Pearl Harbor, many are doing their best to keep the stories from that fateful day alive.
Back in October, the Frazier History Center in Louisville opened a new exhibit to the public centered on the events and people of Pearl Harbor.
“Pearl Harbor is probably the most noted event in world history, really,” said Rex Knight, the owner of the collection at Frazier. “It's not like the movies. It's not like what you see in action films."
The collection includes letters, photographs and mementos from sailors and civilians of Pearl Harbor. The aim is to create a connection between visitors of the exhibit and those people who were there 75 years ago.
“When you go through here, you're going to feel something and understand why we are in the position we are in the world today,” said Andy Treinen, director of marketing at the Frazier History Museum.
“They were only 18, 19 year old kids back then, and there they were, thrown into a world war,” Knight said. “Not expecting anything to happen that particular morning and woke up and were staring into the eyes of death.”
Over 2,400 Americans lost their lives as a result of the attack and launched the United States into WWII.
“They weren't even looking at as war, they were looking at it as survival,” Knight said. “These were people that experienced a very tragic day and changed the world in just period of two hours.”
Many WWII veterans and survivors of the attacks on Pearl Harbor attended a memorial ceremony in Hawaii on Wednesday.
“Where we are today is due in large part due to that particular morning,” Knight said. “They were no different than we were today.”
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