Ceremonies in the Ozarks remember lives lost in Pearl Harbor attack

The country marked the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Friday. The Ozarks remembered with two events.

The Japanese Imperial Navy struck the naval base in a surprise attack on December 7, 1941. The bombings killed more than 2,000 Americans and destroyed many U.S. airplanes and battleships. Japan launched the attack on Pearl Harbor to keep the Pacific fleet from interfering with Japan's planned military actions in southeast Asia. U.S. one day later entered World War II.

In honor of those who died the VFW Post on East Atlantic in Springfield held a day of remembrance. The VFW treated veterans with a free breakfast buffet.

And in Branson, veterans and community members gathered to honor the lives lost during that attack. The ceremony held at Main Street Marina near the south end of the Branson Landing included the singing of the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the laying of a wreath.