BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - December 7 is a day that will stick with those who witnessed one of the most tragic events in U.S. military history.
Lydia Grant was at Pearl Harbor, and witnessed the surprise attacks on the naval base.
"I saw the planes coming in, I climbed up on the roof to watch the show, thinking it was a maneuver, but it wasn't. It was the Japanese," said Grant.
Mrs. Grant, who now lives here in Baton Rouge, joined others today on the USS KIDD to remember those killed 74 years ago in Japan's surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.
Mrs. Grant, just a young girl at the time, says as the years pass, she understands that young people might not fully realize the significance of that December day. She hopes young people come to learn from it and the sacrifices that followed.
"You remember, you go back," said Grant. "I'm hoping, that on the 75th anniversary [of the attacks], to return to Pearl Harbor if I live that long. I'll be 79, of course I will!"