"This was one of the most important days of our lives," said Pasquale Battinelli, Commandant of the Marine Corps League in Stamford.
Veterans and others gathered at Veterans Park in Stamford on Sunday to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
"We announce the names and ring the bell for each name that lost their lives at Pearl Harbor from the Connecticut area," said Fred Drenckhahn, member of the Springdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9617
"I was 10 years old when they invaded Pearl Harbor in 1941, and it always left an impression on me that maybe there was something I could do, and I was hoping I would be old enough to go over there, but it was all over by the time I got old enough," said Carmine Vaccaro, a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman during the Korean War.
Battinelli recalls, "I had an older brother who was in at the time. Fortunately I was too young to go into World War II, I joined during the Korean conflict."
"It's history; that's seventy two years ago that it happened, and so we try to keep it alive," Drenckhahn added
Vaccaro concluded, "For those who make the supreme sacrifice we have to let them know that we care and that we appreciate what they've done for us"