Veterans reflect on 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

<p>Pearl Harbor Attack</p>

Pearl Harbor Attack

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

More than 2,400 people died during the attack, and more than 1,000 people were injured.

Veterans in our area who lived through Pearl Harbor say that day is one of the most important in American history.

They say it is important for younger generations to know and understand what happened that day, so history doesn't repeat itself.

"The casualties was high, we was unprepared for that, and that's another thing we must remember is we cannot go unprepared from the standpoint of protecting our country, and protecting it with what we need to protect it with" said Lyle Gilk, Vietnam veteran.

Gilk says the Pearl Harbor attack shows that freedom isn't free.

In Richland, nearly 3,500 veterans are buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens.