Pearl Harbor attack remembered at 70th anniversary

By AUDREY McAVOY | December 7, 2011 | 3:10 AM EST

Calvin Leisure, 88, smiles while holding a picture of himself Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at his home in the 3400 block of Cool Springs Road in Beaver Dam, Ky. The photo he is holding was taken upon his return home from service. Leisure is a Pearl Harbor survivor. Dec. 7, 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (AP Photo/Messenger-Inquirer, John Dunham)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and the thousands who lost their lives that day are being remembered on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II.

About 120 survivors will join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians at a ceremony in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday.

Altogether 3,000 people are expected to attend the event at a site overlooking the sunken USS Arizona and the white memorial that straddles the battleship.

The USS Chung-Hoon destroyer will render honors to the Arizona and blow her ship's whistle to start a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the time when the first Japanese planes launched their attack.