"It's a day that will live in infamy and you were there and I was there".
The luncheon was started by Bob Lowe, a Pearl Harbor survivor who died in 2015.
Swift thanked the Pearl Harbor and World War II veterans "who yet carry the burden and bear the scars of those fateful days". The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.
Two survivors of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor stood onboard a World War II-era destroyer at the Charlestown Navy Yard Thursday, watching a ceremonial wreath laying and gun salute commemorating the 76th anniversary of the attack.
The memorial was dedicated on September 2, 2000, marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Until recently, the Belton VFW had a member of their own who was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded.
"No flashback or anything like that, I could just look where we were tied up and said, well I was lucky". That part extended past his initial enlistment - past World War II and into Korea, where he turned down a battlefield promotion since it hinged on him remaining in the infantry.
"Today we honor those who did not return", said Linda Dixon, president of the Lake Norconian Club Foundation.
"I thought they were cleaning out the entrance of Pearl Harbor because it isn't very wide".
"The heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story", said Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift.
Nicknamed the Mighty Mo, the Missouri was the third United States Navy ship to be named after our state. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officials and members of the public. "Bombs that fell from the sky like rain", said Retired Col. Ralph Newman of the U.S. Army, reading Davis' words at a Pearl Harbor memorial on Thursday. The moment was timed for 7:55 a.m. - the same time the attack began. Our military fought a great fight, and we were victorious. "You'll never forget that, right?" Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 paved the way for more than 110,000 of them to be forced from their homes and imprisoned behind barbed wire during the war.