Sixty-seven years ago Sunday, the nation was taken by surprise with the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Now more than six decades later people still remember it clearly.
Local members of "Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution" spent the afternoon honoring veterans and taking a moment of silence in remembrance of the 1941 invasion.
"I was a young boy on Pearl Harbor day and I remember it distinctively. It made an indelible mark on me, and all my life i knew that we must be prepared," Dick McAllister with the SAR Marietta Chapter said.
Veteran Frank Troutman was anything but prepared for what World War II had in store for him.
Troutman was recognized at the event for being a prisoner of war during World War II, but said no matter how much recognition he receives, it can't erase the helpless feeling of being a POW.
"We felt very let down, that we let our country down, let our army down," he said.
During the Pearl Harbor invasion, five battleships, three destroyers and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed.