SAN DIEGO - The annual ceremony to honor the survivors of Pearl Harbor and remember the lives that were lost was held Saturday onboard the USS Midway Museum.
It has been 72 years, but the emotion for Jack Evans is still raw as he stood on board the USS Tennessee, the day Japan attacked the United States.
"When I looked at what was going on, my joints were stiff," Evans told 10News. "My body was sending me signals, but when it needed to move, I was able to do it."
More than 100 people, including survivors like Evans, remembered that attack on Pearl Harbor during a ceremony held on board the USS Midway.
The service, which is usually held on the flight deck, was moved indoors because of the rain.
Thirteen San Diegans, all World War II veterans, were remembered with the ringing of the bell. All passed away this year.
"They are getting fewer, but they're such a close-knit group," said veteran Bennie Valu.
As they have done in previous years, veterans tossed a wreath in memory of those who lost their lives in the battle, along with a gunfire salute.
It is a bittersweet moment for those like Evans, who say that is the day that changed his way of life and way of thinking forever.
After the ceremony, everyone who attended was allowed to stay on board and take a tour of the museum and talk to the veterans who were there.