ALBANY, N.Y. -- "December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."
Saturday marks 72 years since the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.
More than 2,000 Americans were killed that day, and more than one thousand more injured.
Saturday in our area, military and elected officials came out to pay tribute to both Pearl Harbor victims and survivors at American Legion Post 15-20 in Albany.
Organizers of the event say it's important that the next generation understands the significance of Pearl Harbor and its impact during such a critical point in American history.
We talked to one Vet who was injured during World War II.
He said with the comradeship he felt at the event, Saturday was one of the best days of his life.
"I've seen a lot of my buddies get wounded and die, I'm so happy to be here," said Watson Olsiewski, World War II Veteran.
"My grandfather was a World War II Veteran, and the things that he went through, I mean, we don't even see today, there's just a different kind of warfare actually," said Tim Peterson, Navy Quartermaster.
About 84,000 people survived Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor Survivors Association estimated that as of last year, only 3,000 remain alive