Lyme-Old Lyme students in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor commemoration


OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hawaiian beach scene is set up against one wall in the cafeteria at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and flowery shirts are worn by students and staff.

The show of support is in honor of the chorus and band members who are in Hawaii for a very special ceremony.

lyme old lyme hs pearl harbor 1 Lyme Old Lyme students in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor commemorationThe students were given a big honor on this 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. They are part of a Mass Band Event at the USS Missouri.

“Being a band member I just saw all the effort that we have been putting into this,” says freshman band member Grace Hanrahan. “My band teacher Mr. Wilson he has put so much sweat and work into this. He’s just really proud of us.”

Hanrahan wasn’t able to join the 150 students who made the trip to Hawaii for the concert in commemoration of the attacks which led to U.S. involvement in World War II.lyme old lyme hs pearl harbor 2 Lyme Old Lyme students in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor commemoration

They represent the only Connecticut school invited to be among the 1,300 U.S. and Japanese students who are performing.

“A lot of my friends are over there and I”m pretty happy for them,” says Sophomore Eaven Rivera.

lyme old lyme hs pearl harbor 3 Lyme Old Lyme students in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor commemorationHe is wearing his own Hawaiian shirt.

“Just for like special occasions this being one of them,” says Rivera.

The shirt Aron D’Aquila is wearing belonged to his grandfather a World War II veteran. He teaches history.

“Over two thousand American servicemen and women lost their lives. We try to bring the importance of that home as well too,” says D’Aquila.

The significance of this day is not lost on his students who realize their classmates are also taking part in an historic event.

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