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State officials commemorate the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

State and local officials with members of the Connecticut National Guard commemorated the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the base of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven on Tuesday.

Gov. Ned Lamont praised the Americans who served during World War II and called for unity today in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The power of our ideals, our values, and what we stand for, every once in a while we stand up and shout them together,” Lamont said. “And that’s what happened after Pearl Harbor … that’s what happened after 9/11. And I heard a little bit of that during the early days of COVID.”

Eighteen service members from Connecticut were among the 2,400 people killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

Ryan Caron King joined Connecticut Public in 2015 as a reporter and video journalist. He was one of eight dedicated reporters on the New England News Collaborative’s launch team, covering regional issues such as immigration, the environment, transportation, and the opioid epidemic. His work has been published nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and on NPR’s digital platforms. From 2017 to 2018, Ryan was on a team covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Video.” Since 2019, he has been a full-time visuals journalist.