BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two years after Pearl Harbor, the US Navy commissioned the USS Kidd, a destroyer class vessel named for Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd, who died aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, the USS Kidd rests in Downtown Baton Rouge, home to 70 years of history, which were honored today.
Navy veteran Alejandra Juan was not as old as some of the other veterans at the ceremony, but that didn't matter, because she has an unbreakable bond with them.
"I can spend hours talking to some of them. Their stories are amazing they are very interesting things that they went through. They are so selfless most of think what they did wasn't a big deal," said Juan.
Jerry Pugh was among the many selfless veterans. Although he was only four years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, he always understood the importance of serving his country.
"If we didn't serve our country, there wouldn't have been any freedom, because freedom is not free. And today when I talk about the War it gives me cold chills," said Pugh
Conversations that are sure to carry on as the men and women of this country continue to fight for our freedom. And If Japan had never attacked Pearl Harbor, the U.S. may have not joined World War II.