Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Commander Rear Adm. Jonathan A. Yuen, delivered the keynote address in the Pennsylvania capitol building at a remembrance ceremony held Dec. 5 honoring Pennsylvania survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps, stands with Pearl Harbor survivors in attendance.
Four survivors were present for the event. Also in attendance were Deputy Adjutant General Pennsylvania Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Anthony Carrelli; and U.S. Army War College Deputy Commandant Col. Dave Funk.
“I am especially honored to welcome our Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor survivors ... I am thankful you have gone before me and have given me the opportunity to be here with you today,” Yuen said. “...your strength is my example, your history is my wisdom, and your enduring legacy to our country is my inspiration.”
“Whenever our country’s freedom and democracy have been threatened -- from Valley Forge to Gettysburg, from the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan-Pennsylvanians have been among the first to answer the call to serve,” Yuen said.
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has performed this ceremony for more than 20 years, in partnership with the state.
“It is fitting to be here once again in this magnificent East Wing rotunda in the capitol of the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Commander, NSA Mechanicsburg, Capt. Jeffery Rathbun, who provided opening remarks.
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Capt. Jeff Rathburn, Commander, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, provided opening remarks for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony held at the Pennsylvania capitol building.
A proclamation by the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett was read aloud by Lt. Cmdr. Tamara Sonon. The proclamation states, “Pennsylvania is privileged to honor the tremendous sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made in order to defend our rights and freedom. It is my hope that our nation will never forget the events of Dec. 7, 1941, or the impact that day had on our country’s history. It is important that we always remember those whose lives were lost and continue to support the survivors and their families.”
“Today, enduring and emerging powers are challenging the world order that our veterans helped build after World War II. [Our veterans] set the foundation for our military today ... We are forward deployed because of [their] sacrifice and leadership; we operate forward because of the legacy [they] have left,” Yuen added.
By Debbie Dortch, NAVSUP Office of Corporate Communications