Pearl Harbor Memorial at Illinois River

By Beau Ebenezer

December 9, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. -- Residents are still remembering those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor on the anniversary weekend.

Sons and daughters of veterans paid their respects by casting flowers and a wreath down the Illinois River.

VFW 4999 and Chillicothe's American Legion hosted the event.

They say the memorial honors each veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice on December 7, 1941.

"It is a very important day in history. I just don't know what to say about it. It is really great to see all these people come out here and to remember this. This is what started and got America involved in World War II," said Organizer Don Thompson.

Thompson added that Chillicothe is home to two Pearl Harbor survivors, who were not able to make it to the memorial.

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